California Trails

Highway Patrol Rescues Woman "Hiking While Blind" in Santa Rosa

The hiker's prescription sunglasses didn't do much good when the sun went down.

David Presad

California Highway Patrol successfully rescued a hiker last weekend when she was unexpectedly stranded after the sun set in Santa Rosa’s Trione-Annadel State Park. The problem: The woman only had her prescription sunglasses on hand, and became essentially blind after dark. Rescuers used a helicopter, night vision goggles, and a thermal-imaging camera to find her.