A man from Bellingham who hadn't been seen since leaving for a hike near Baker Lake Saturday was found safe Tuesday.

After searchers with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and Mountain Rescue volunteers combed the area for days, crews reported just before 11 a.m. Tuesday they found the 69-year-old man in a steep area in the Rainbow Ridge area.

The hiker appeared to be ok. No word yet if he suffered any injuries, but crews said he was well enough to communicate with searchers. Searchers expect it will take several hours to get him down from the area.

The hiker, who has not been identified, was reported overdue and missing around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night after he went for a day hike alone on Rainbow Ridge. On Sunday, Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies located his car at the trail head, but no other sign of him.

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