The North Umpqua river flows next to the Tioga section of the North Umpqua Trail, just east of Swiftwater Park.

Rescue crews were dispatched over the weekend to assist two hikers who became lost on the North Umpqua Trail, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

At approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, the Douglas County Search and Rescue team received a distress message from the two hikers. The duo had planned to hike the stretch of trail from Maidu Lake to the Swift Water trailhead — approximately 80 miles — which they had done several times before, according to a spokesman for the sheriff's department.

The pair of hikers started their trek in favorable conditions, but as they gained elevation they encountered snow that was still several feet deep that covered the trail.

The hikers had planned ahead and were prepared with enough food for seven days, along with sleeping gear and a shelter. The two did not have a map or compass, according to authorities.

After sending out a distress signal, the hikers stayed in the area overnight until rescue crews were deployed on Monday morning.

"Your safety is our concern, but it is your responsibility," said sheriff's spokesman Brad O'Dell in a press release. "You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared."

In general, O'Dell urged those who intend to wander in the great outdoors to plan ahead and pack accordingly.

Ian Campbell can be reached at ian@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4209. Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17.

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Ian Campbell is the managing editor for The News-Review, a former senior editor at the Emerald Media Group and a camping fanatic. Follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17

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