Durango & Silverton track workers recover stranded hiker

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DURANGO, Colo. — A stranded hiker who spent two nights wandering around the San Juan Mountains can attribute his rescue to a track crew with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, the Durango Herald reports.

The disoriented and unprepared hiker flagged down a track crew on Tuesday afternoon after spending three days and two nights in southwest Colorado's wilderness. The journey began on Sunday afternoon when the 23-year-old man went on a hike with friends near Haviland Lake. While his outdoor companions opted to return to their starting point after hiking less than a quarter mile, Melikai Hesse decided to continue on.

He would go on to spend more than two days wandering the forest until intercepting a track crew near the Tacoma Power Plant, a station stop on the railroad’s Animas River route between Durango and Silverton.

That crew transported the hiker to the railroad’s Rockwood Station where he met with first responders for treatment and evaluation. Emergency responders say Hesse was unprepared, wearing only shorts and a tank top even though temperatures dipped into the low 20s during the overnight hours.

Hesse admitted to being unfamiliar with the area and was reportedly in good health with the exception of only a few cuts and a sunburn.

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