BOISE -- A Mountain Home family is safe after getting lost in the Boise foothills as the sun went down.

A man called emergency dispatchers at about 5:25 p.m. Sunday to report that his family need help finding their way back to their vehicle, said Ada County Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden.

Dearden said the family of four had parked at the end of Council Springs in East Boise and hiked up the Homestead Trail into the foothills with the intention of camping for the night.

As the sun began to set and the temperature fell, the family realized they would not be able to spend the night. They started to walk back toward their vehicle but headed in the wrong direction, said Dearden. When they realized they were unable to make their way back to Council Springs before dark, they called for help.

Ada County Sheriff's deputies and Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue began looking for the family.

Dearden said because the sun was setting, deputies called on Air St. Luke's to search the area from above.

The helicopter spotted the family and airlifted them to safety just before 6:15 p.m., said Dearden.

No one was injured.

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