Sounds like they are all OK though
Missing mountain bikers turn up unhurt in Santa Cruz Mountains
By Jennifer Squires - Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted: 12/23/2008 01:51:10 PM PST
BOULDER CREEK - Three Santa Clara County mountain bikers spent a cold night in Castle Rock State Park on Monday, but were found safely Tuesday morning, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The trio - two brothers and a friend, all in their 20s - embarked on a mountain bike ride from Skyline Boulevard through the park around 3 p.m. Monday, but lost their way when darkness fell.
Around midnight, the mother of the brothers reported her sons missing to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, which in turn notified Santa Cruz sheriff's deputies.
Deputies launched a search team at first light, said Sgt. Paul Ramos, who was supervising the rescue effort. They found one of the group's vehicles on Summit Road near a park entrance. The other was parked at Redwood Elementary School, about three miles north of Boulder Creek on Highway 9.
Apparently the men intended to ride down through the park to the school, a trip that is about 5½ miles as a crow flies but is likely longer through the park, which is marked with steep, rocky and mountainous terrain.
The men spent the night camped out under a redwood tree and Ramos said they were able to start a small fire to stay warm. They had left their jackets in their cars, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Beginning at daylight, about 10 law enforcement officers started a "hasty search" of the area while the county's Search and Rescue team, which is 90 percent volunteers, deployed. The mountain bikers popped
out on Highway 9 about two miles north of Redwood Elementary around 8 a.m., before the full-blown search began, Ramos said.
The mountain bikers were cold and hungry, but unhurt, according to the Sheriff's Office.
"They were good kids who just chose the wrong time to go riding," Ramos said.
Their names were not released and Ramos didn't know what town they lived in.
Castle Rock, a 5,200-acre state park off of Skyline Boulevard, is closed to mountain bikers, but Ramos said the men were not cited.
Contact Jennifer Squires at 429-2449 or [email protected]