Hikers spend night in woods, walk out Monday

Two Jackson County men hiking in the Applegate Valley spent the night in a California wilderness after being overtaken by darkness Sunday, but walked out safely Monday.

Brandon Borba, 25, and Branden Hulse, 23, went for a hike at about noon Sunday, said Jackson County Sheriff's Department Lt. Pat Rowland, who heads the department's search and rescue operations.

When they didn't return, family members went to look for them and notified the sheriff's department, calling again when they found the pair's vehicle about 5 miles up Forest Road 1040 at the south end of Applegate Lake early Monday.

Search and rescue volunteers hiked and drove on the network of trails and roads reaching into California's Red Butte Wilderness while a helicopter from Jackson County searched from above, Rowland said.

Searchers found Borba and Hulse walking out at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. They said darkness fell when they were 8 miles out. They didn't have food, water or jackets, but they built a fire and drank water from a stream as they camped overnight, Rowland said. Although they had cell phones and GPS, no cell phone service was available in the wilderness.

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