Elusive backpacker still a mystery at Crater Lake

Elusive backpacker still a mystery at Crater Lake
Crater Lake (File photo)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Officials at Crater Lake National Park are still wondering what happened to a backpacker who eluded a ranger after scrambling down the caldera wall of the ancient volcano.

Spokeswoman Marsha McCabe said Wednesday they don't want to prosecute the man, they just want to be sure he is OK.

She says a ranger talked to him Friday north of Discovery Point. The hiker gave a name that proved to be false, and said he once lived in Bend. A short time later the ranger saw him scrambling down the caldera wall. The ranger went after him but lost him in the trees.

Searchers later came up with only a pair of sunglasses.

The hiker apparently continued along the Pacific Crest Trail. His description was posted to the trail Facebook page.