Lakewood hiker found safe after going missing in California national park

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. --  A hiker from Colorado has been found safe after going  missing at Kings Canyon National Park in Central California this weekend, park officials said.

Joseph Patrick Leap, 37 of Lakewood, was found safe on Tuesday morning.

Officials reported Leap missing after he didn't come back from his solo day hike over the weekend.

Leap planned to hike from Roads End to Mist Falls and Paradise Valley, and return to Roads End the same day.

He was supposed to leave Sunday from the Roads End trailhead where his vehicle was located.

Rangers say Leap is an experienced hiker but was not familiar with the area.