2 missing hikers found in Willamette National Forest

The hikers are two women with limited experience

Karen Coleman, 57, and a friend are missing in Marion County. (Marion County)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two women who went hiking in the Opal Creek Wilderness were found on Friday after they were reported missing around midnight Thursday.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office found the hikers in the Opal Creek Wilderness.

The two hikers were identified as Karen Coleman, 57, of Portland, and Launie Fanning, 65, of Oregon City.

It is believed that both women have limited hiking experience and were not prepared for an overnight stay in the wilderness.

The US Forest Service website states: “The 20,454 acre Opal Creek Wilderness features steep and rugged forested hillsides. … Because of the remoteness and steep topography, very little overnight camping occurs.”

Opal Creek Wilderness in the Willamette National Forest (USDA Forest Service website)
Opal Creek Wilderness in the Willamette National Forest (USDA Forest Service website)

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