First responders and search and rescue teams responded to a call for two Santa Clarita Valley hikers who were lost in the Angeles National Forest Monday morning, officials said Tuesday.Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking Santa Clarita news alerts delivered right to your inbox. Around 6 a.m. Monday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Altadena Mountain Search and Rescue Team received a call for two lost hikers near Mount Wilson, according to a Nixle release. American Medical Response Team, Los Angeles County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, LASD Montrose and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Teams responded as well.
“It appears that they underestimated how long it would take to do the ride they intended,” said Mike Leum, search and rescue group leader for the LASD Montrose Station. “The ride they indeed to do, prior to the Station Fire in 2009, was a three-hour ride. Since the Station Fire and subsequent floods, the trails are nonexistent.”
LASD Air 8 located the two missing mountain bikers just north of Oakwilde Campground in Arroyo Seco Canyon, according to the Nixle. Paramedics evaluated the hikers and transported them to Los Angeles County Fire Camp 2, La Canada, where they were reunited with their families.
The two hikers were identified as 18-year-old males from the Santa Clarita Valley.
They began their trip Sunday around 3 p.m. from Mount Wilson and planned to ride through the Angeles National Forest to Altadena, according to the Nixle. When darkness fell, they lost sight of the trail.
“I’m sure they had to do a lot of hiking and biking. They abandoned the bikes and continued on foot,” Leum said. “They were both really cold and not prepared to spend the night out there. They just had the clothes on their backs.”
Search and rescue officials responded to another call for lost hikers in the same around Tuesday.
For information about planning a hiking trip, visit the Center for Disease Control’s camping website.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Hiking Tips, according to Nixle:
*Enjoy Nature – Plan your Hike by filling out the Sheriff’s Department’s HIKING PLAN SHEET:
Hiking/Camping is a fun way to get family and friends together to enjoy the outdoors and to get some physical activity. However, you should always be prepared for the unexpected.
Before you leave, please fill out Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue – Hiking Plan sheet and provide it to a loved one to hold onto just in case something happens to a member of your hiking/camping expedition. You can download the form by visiting the website.
Pictures are courtesy of the LASD Montrose Search and Rescue Team.
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