One Rescue Becomes Two - December 12, 2017

On December 12th at approximately 3:30PM, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for hiker stranded on top of a mountain near Eaton Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. The hiker had very low battery on his cell phone and was only able to send out a few text messages. AMRT members began searching Eaton Canyon along with LA Co. Parks Bureau deputies.

Shortly after beginning the search for the lost hiker, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was requested for the rescue of a hiker, and his dog, who had fallen off the side of a trail near Eaton Canyon. Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team was requested to assist with the second rescue.

It was determined the dog and its owner were on the Altadena crest Trail approximately 3/4 of a mile west of Eaton Canyon. Sierra Madre search teams started to hike into the area to locate the hiker and his Dog.

Because daylight was fading quickly, LA Co. Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 had been requested to search for the lost hiker on the mountain top near Eaton Canyon. The family of the second stranded hiker, and his dog, called the Altadena Sheriff‘s to report the hiker was losing his grip on a dog leash that was being used to keep him from falling off the steep mountain side. Air Rescue 5 was diverted to rescue the second hiker, a 67 year old male from Pasadena and his 4 year old female Labrador Retriever named Sam. The two were hoisted by Air Rescue 5 and flown to Farnsworth Park. The hiker and Sam the dog were released to their family at Farnsworth Park.

Air Rescue 5 was then directed to Eaton Canyon to locate the first missing hiker. He was located approximately ½ mile east of Eaton Canyon near the high tension power lines. The 43 year old male, a resident of Denver, Colorado, was hiking on an unauthorized trail and became stranded on the steep hillside. He was hoisted into Air Rescue 5 and flown to Farnsworth Park. From there he was driven to his vehicle at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

Both incidents concluded at approximately 6:00PM

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Mt. Wilson Fire Recap –October 17-26, 2017

At approximately 4am on Tuesday October 17th, a forest fire was reported below the Mt. Wilson Observatory. As fire crews were battling the blaze, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called upon to evacuate hikers, campers and residents in the path of the fire.

Approximately 30 hunters, hikers and campers were instructed to leave the areas of Eaton Canyon, Mt. Wilson Toll Road, Henniger Flats, Spruce Grove, Sturtevant, Chantry Flats, Santa Anita Canyon and the surrounding trails. This specific operation concluded at 2pm.

On Wednesday October 18th, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was requested to assist Montrose Search and Rescue in the search for a missing person in the area of the Mt. Wilson Observatory. The missing person’s vehicle was located in an area believed to be near the starting point of the brush fire.

Rescue teams searched the east face of the mountain, locating a body over the side of the road in the burn area. At the time, the extent of damage prevented a positive identification of the remains. It was later confirmed that the body was that of the 18-year-old-man reported missing by his family on October 18th.

By the evening of Thursday October 19th, the Mt. Wilson Fire was 50% contained. However, a strong Santa Ana wind event was forecast to develop over the weekend. USFS and L.A. County fire were preparing an emergency action plan to activate Altadena and Montrose to assist with evacuations if necessary. While the possibility of evacuations was highly unlikely, all parties involved wanted to be sure there was a proper plan in place.

On Friday October 20th, the U.S. Forest Service issued closures for the areas impacted by the brush fire, including many popular hiking trails, roads, and campgrounds.

On Saturday October 21st, AMRT was again requested to patrol the front range of the Angeles National Forest, as it had been reported several hikers were in the closure area. Any hikers that were found to be in the closed area were warned and asked to leave.

Crews would continue to battle the Mt. Wilson fire, with 70% containment as of October 26th. The closure order was also lifted, as it was determined that containment was sufficient to allow use of the impacted trails, road and campgrounds. 

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A foggy night search for 2 missing hikers - September 3, 2017

On Sunday September 3rd, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was activated by the Los Angeles county Fire Department to search for two missing hikers. 

The missing individuals, 17 year old male and female residing in Arcadia, had called 911 to state they had been hiking since 6:00PM and had become lost in the mountains above Altadena. 

Rescue team members were able to communicate with the lost hikers via text message, with the hikers describing thier surroundings. Based on the information received, team members began up the Mt. Lowe Rd. At approximately midnight, the individuals were located approximately 5 miles north of Altadena. 

The hikers were not familiar with the area, and without flashlights or any hikin equipment, became lost after taking a wrong trail. The uninjured hikers were transported to their residence in Arcadia and released to a parent. amrt fog

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Evening search for missing hiker - July 31, 2017

On July 31st, at approximately 8:30PM, AMRT responded to search for a lost hiker in the mountains above Altadena. The hiker had called the Altadena Sheriff’s Station, but was only to convey that he was lost before the call dropped. He was unable to provide any details as to his general location. Just after 9:00PM, phone contact was re-established, however, the hiker did not know what trail he was on, what city he was near, or where he parked his car. He did state that he was uninjured, but had run out of water.


At 9:30PM, the hiker placed a 911 call, which provided GPS information. Working with his phone provider, it was determined he was on the Mt. Wilson Toll Rd. above Sierra Madre.


While AMRT was communicating with the lost hiker, his father, who he had been hiking with earlier in the day, called 911 to report his son missing. Sierra Madre Search and Rescue was activated and responded to Chantry Flats to search the Mt. Wilson Trail. After the two teams compared details of each search, it was determined they were both looking for the same individual.


An AMRT rescue, searching on the Mt. Wilson Toll Rd., located the missing hiker approximately ½ mile north of Henniger Flats. The 19 year old male and his 9 month old dog, residents of Norwalk, were uninjured. They were driven to Sierra Madre and reunited with the father.

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Overnight search for missing mountain biker - 7-29-2017

On Saturday July 29th, just after 10:00PM, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call to assist Montrose Search and Rescue to locate a missing mountain biker in the area of Switzer Campground. Crews searched Switzer Falls, Brown Mountain and Arroyo Seco Canyon. Due to the large search area, and cloud cover that prevented the utilization of helicopters to aid in the search, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue was also called in to assist.

At approximately 3:30AM, the mountain biker was located in Arroyo Seco Canyon. The 44 year old male residing in Santa Monica had run out of water and lost sight of the trail because of overgrown brush. Rescue team members began hiking the victim out of the canyon, reaching their vehicles at 6:30AM. The uninjured victim was driven to his parents residence in La Canada. This rescue operation concluded at 8:00AM Sunday morning.

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