03/24/2012 07:49 EDT | Updated 05/24/2012 05:12 EDT

4 hikers rescued in North Vancouver

Four hikers were rescued from the mountains in Vancouver's North Shore Saturday afternoon.

The group started hiking the BCMC Trail, off the Grouse Grind, at about 8:30 a.m. PT and ran into trouble at around 9 a.m.

Tim Jones with North Shore Search and Rescue says the hikers encountered icy conditions and got stranded on the mountain.

Jones said it took about three hours to reach the group and bring them to safety.

According to Jones, many in the groups were ill-equipped when they headed out for the day.

"What's happened is ... people are starting to recreate off the ski hills, they're starting to ... mountain bike, walk ... they're starting to get geared up for the summer yet they like to come up and hike in the alpine trails and they encounter winter conditions and they're still, in the back of their minds, there's this block going, 'It's not winter. It's spring, it's summer,'" Jones said.

"And this is the time people can get seriously hurt, if not die."

No one was injured in the incident.