TEHAMA/TRINITY COUNTIES, Calif. — David Ura, a hiker from Central Point, has been reported missing after starting a hike on the Bigfoot Trail in Tehama and Trinity counties.
Ura, 63, and his family dog, Kingsley, began hiking the trail after being dropped off by his wife and daughter June 15, at the Ides Cove trailhead in far western Tehama County. The trailhead is about 30 miles southwest of Red Bluff.
Ura was expected to meet his son, AJ, and daughter, May, about 40 miles north, in Hayfork, California, Thursday, June 21. The two never arrived, according to May, who spoke with the local U.S. Forest Service ranger on duty Thursday.
“It’s been about four days, officially,” May told KTVL-TV. “He’s now on the missing persons list as a missing person for the Tehama County [Sheriff’s Office].”
According to May, TCSO has been keeping the family updated daily.
“My dad is the type of person to do anything in his power to make sure he is kind of known while he’s camping and ... hiking,” May said.
May said she and her dad are longtime hikers. She said her father has been hiking and backpacking since he was young and has done many trails, including portions of the Pacific Crest Trail and routes near Diamond Lake and Crater Lake. He had never hiked the Bigfoot Trail before.
May said Ura and Kingsley had never gone missing or been late to a checkpoint before.