Two hikers found dead on Mount Whitney in California

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Two climbers reported missing on Mount Whitney have been found dead.


Two California hikers who went missing earlier this week on Mount Whitney have been found dead, authorities said.

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m. PT about the delayed hikers, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office Thursday.

The hikers intended to descend into the Notch area on the Mount Whitney Mountain Trail with plans to ski or snowboard from there back to their camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake, authorities said.

The person who reported the hikers missing had been hiking with them and waited several hours at the campground for their return before contacting the sheriff’s office.

The Inyo County Search and Rescue team searched for the hikers by helicopter and on foot, according to the release.

“Tragically, both hikers were later discovered deceased” in Tulare County, California, the sheriff’s office said in the statement.

CNN has reached out to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office for more information.

Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, according to the National Park Service.