Three hikers fell victim to deceptive trail on Mt. McLoughlin




MOUNT McLOUGHLIN, Ore. — The three hikers rescued on Mount McLoughlin may have lost their way due to an optical illusion on the mountain.

43-year-old David Harp, his 15-year-old son Seth, 15 and 25-year-old Matthew Jackson lost their way on Saturday afternoon, and were found Sunday morning.

Over the last year, Jackson County Search and Rescue said they have responded to about 15 calls for help.  And they’re all in the same place every time.

A section of trail near the top of the mountain is responsible for misleading the majority of hikers who get lost, veering them off the main trail.

The Forest Service has put up a sign at the trailhead to try to keep people on trail.