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Missing Upper Bidwell Park hiker found

The hiker who was exploring Upper Bidwell Park has been found, Chico police said.

Posted: Sep 16, 2019 9:56 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2019 3:36 PM

UPDATE 3:20 p.m., Sept. 17 - The missing hiker, Nicholas Smith, has been found.

Chico Police Billy Aldridge with the Chico Police Department sent out the following statement, 

"The missing hiker has been located without injury and is healthy. The parking lot is still closed until we can demobilize all public safety equipment."

Smith was found approximately one-half mile east of monkey face and was in good health.

A Butte County Sheriff's helicopter was used to bring Smith back to the command post where he was reunited with his family and friends.

Chico, Calif. - Search crews are looking for a hiker missing in Upper Bidwell Park in Chico. 

Chico Police said, 31-year-old Nicholas Smith, set out for a hike at around 8 a.m. Monday. He was last heard from around 5 p.m. Monday when he called the police to say he was lost. 

Police believe he is missing on trails in Upper Bidwell Park. Search crews are stationed at Monkey Face near Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell. 

Five Butte County Search and Rescue Teams are working with K9s to search the Northern, Yahi, Middle and B Trails. Due to inclimate weather, no Air Units are cleared to join the search. 

Smith is described at 6 feet tall, 200 lbs, with a beard and shaved head. 

Due to the search, the parking lot leading to Monkey Face in Upper Bidwell Park has been closed. Action News Now will update once it reopens.

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