MEDFORD, Ore. -- Rescue teams have brought back three Southern Oregon hikers who took what looked like a shortcut down Mount McLoughlin and got lost.

The Medford Mail Tribune reportsthe three spent Saturday night at 5,600 feet, lighting a fire to keep warm. Rescuers went up Sunday morning to get them.

Search and Rescue Sgt. Shawn Richards says they took what appears to be a shortcut through a field of rock that often gets hikers lost -- crews rescue more than a dozen a year who try it.

The three were a 43-year-old man, his 15-year-old son and a 25-year-old companion. Richards didn't identify them.

He says they won't owe a $500 fee the sheriff's department is allowed to levy because rescuers don't want to discourage people from calling for help.

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