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2 California hunters spend night in North Routt County

— Two California hunters separated from their group Tuesday night walked out of the woods in North Routt County on Wednesday morning just as search crews got to the area.

Routt County Search and Rescue Incident Commander Kristia Check-Hill said a man and his son-in-law huddled together overnight near Slater Park, north of California Park, and got their bearings in the morning. They walked out using GPS coordinates until they found a road, where family and friends picked them up at about 10 a.m., as searchers were at the trailhead preparing to begin the search.

The men were reported missing at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday, and Check-Hill said searchers waited until morning because there was no medical emergency reported and searching would be easier in daylight. The men were hungry, thirsty and cold, Check-Hill said, but not injured.

Temperatures in North Routt County dipped down to 19 degrees overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

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