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Jan 1, 2013 1:36 AM by The Associated Press

5 hikers unhurt after Los Padres Forest rescue

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - Five Fresno men were cold but unhurt after they had to be rescued during a hike in the wilderness of the Big Sur area.

Monterey County sheriff's officials say the men went hiking near China Camp in the Los Padres National Forest Friday night but were not prepared for the snow that fell in the higher elevations of the forest over the weekend.

Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Burns told the Monterey Herald the men became lost, but were able to get cell service and call for help around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Burns says the hikers were rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The men - all in their 20s - were able to drive home after being returned to their cars. Their names have not been released.

The Los Padres National Forest is a vast wilderness region that includes the mountainous areas of Monterey County.

Information from: The Monterey County Herald, http://www.montereyherald.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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