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Rescuers needed 17 hours to get hiker off trail. Injuries are life threatening.

More than 40 search and rescue volunteers were needed to evacuate an injured hiker from the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Mason Lake on Sunday morning.
More than 40 search and rescue volunteers were needed to evacuate an injured hiker from the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Mason Lake on Sunday morning.

A hiker has life-threatening injuries after falling Saturday in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the King County Sheriff’s office said Sunday morning via Twitter.

Sixty-five search and rescue responders — many of whom were volunteers — were needed to evacuate the man from the backcountry near Mason Lake. The rescue took 17 hours and fog prevented using a helicopter. The hiker was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The man fell while hiking in a popular area north of Interstate 90 and west of Snoqualmie Pass. A Bellevue Fire Department medic hiked in to Mason Lake and kept the hiker alive while he was transported off the trail, according to a tweet from the Sheriff’s office.

During the rescue, the Sheriff’s department announced it was also responding to a call for help on nearby Granite Mountain, where two men were lost. There is still snow on the upper slopes of Granite Mountain, another popular summer trail along the I-90 corridor.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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