THERMAL, Calif. -

A group of hikers reported lost in the Painted Canyon  area east of Mecca were found Sunday by a Riverside County sheriff's Search and  Rescue Team, sheriff's officials said.

The four adults and three children began hiking at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and  lost their way, according to a written sheriff's department statement.

They climbed to a high ridge and used a cellphone to call for help.

A California Highway Patrol fixed wing aircraft spotted them and helped keep tabs on the lost hikers.

By the time the volunteer search team responded to the scene at 3:24  p.m., the hikers had made it out on their own, officials said.