Two hikers were in stable condition Monday after they were rescued by helicopter from several feet of snow on a trail near Hatcher Pass, Alaska State Troopers reported.
Kari Mauldin, 28, of Wasilla and Hannah Ramage, 28, of Las Vegas were reported overdue late Sunday night, troopers said. They had left Saturday on the Gold Mint trail and planned to stay overnight at a cabin nine miles up the trail, according to troopers.
Mauldin and Ramage didn't make it to the cabin but told troopers that they believe they made camp a mile away, said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
Rescue teams couldn't locate the hikers Sunday because of heavy snow in the area, troopers said.
At 1 a.m. Monday, the troopers' Helo-2 helicopter located the hikers three miles from the trail head and landed in five to six feet of fresh snow about a quarter-mile from Mauldin and Ramage, according to troopers.
Both hikers were suffering from the effects of prolonged exposure to cold when troopers found them, Peters said.
Mauldin and Ramage were taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and were in stable condition, troopers said in an online report posted Monday afternoon.