Rescue suspended for hiker on Mount Charleston trail after message indicates he will ride out storm

Las Vegas police suspended their search Thursday afternoon for a missing hiker who became lost on a Mount Charleston trail based on communications they've had with the man, who stated he'd be able to survive overnight.

Police said the man sent an electronic message about 8:30 a.m. from a cell phone requesting help.

Police said the man became lost while hiking in the Bristle Cone Trail area in Lee Canyon.

Because of the swirling snow due to high winds, police fought low visibility, said officer Bill Cassell, a spokesman.

Cassell said Thursday afternoon because of the dangerous weather conditions, the search has been postponed until Friday morning. The decision was made after the hiker sent text messages stating he would be able to make it through the night, Cassell said.

Mount Charleston received more than 6 inches of snow Thursday morning.

The man had a dog with him, Cassell said.

He added the search and rescue team was trying to track the hiker from the phone GPS coordinates.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at or 702-383-0283.