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Pacific Crest Trail backpacker is missing

In this Wednesday, June 7, 2017, photo, Wesley Tils crosses a snowfield below Forester Pass in Sequo
Hikers cross a snowfield in Sequoia National Park along the Pacific Crest Trail near Kings Canyon National Park in 2017.
(Jake Gustafson / AP)

Authorities say a 67-year-old experienced backpacker who has been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail since March is missing after not showing up for a planned supply stop.

According to the Fresno Bee, Stephen McGuire of Washington state was last seen May 18 by a fellow hiker, who was concerned that McGuire looked tired and was low on food.

The newspaper says McGuire was listed as missing May 23 after he failed to arrive as planned to pick up new supplies near Mammoth Lakes.

Officials say that although McGuire is an experienced hiker, he is unfamiliar with the area, which last week was hit with winter storm conditions at higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada.

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McGuire has been hiking the Mexico-to-Canada trail northward for two months.


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