JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — A hiker who got lost in the park was found Wednesday morning after spending the night in the washes along Lost Palms Oasis trail.

The man was reported missing at 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to park spokeswoman Jennie Kish Albrinck. She did not identify who he was or where he came from.

Park staff, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue team members and a helicopter and two rescue units from Riverside County searched along the Lost Palms Oasis trail in the Cottonwood District of the park where he was last known to be hiking.

The man was found at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. He said he had been lost in the washes along that trail overnight.

He was flown by helicopter to the parking lot where his vehicle was parked.

If hiking in the park this holiday season, or anytime, always alert someone to the location of the hike, try and stick with a buddy and be properly prepared for the season, Albrinck said.

Warm days in November and December can lead into freezing cold nighttime temperatures and cellphone coverage is unreliable.

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