Search for two lost hikers in Millard Canyon – February 2, 2018

At approximately 12noon on Friday February 2nd, a call came in for two lost hikers in Millard Canyon. Team members responded and began to search an area based on information received.


After more than an hour into the search, the missing hikers were located off trail, on a steep hillside. The two had hiked to Millard Canyon waterfall and were attempting to reach Dawn Mine when they lost sight of the trail and became stranded.


A hand line was set up, and both hikers were helped off the mountain by rescue team members. This operation concluded at approximately 3:30PM


These two victims made the right decision by calling for help. When you lose sight of the trail, and end up in a location where forward progress is impossible, and backtracking is too dangerous, it is best to call for help. Had these victims lost their footing, they could have fallen hundreds of feet down the mountain.

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Rubio Canyon Rescue – Tuesday January 30, 2018

Tuesday January 30th, at 12:50pm Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called for the rescue of a hiker who had slipped off a trail in Rubio Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest.
The hiker was able to call the Altadena Sheriff’s Station via cell phone and tell them he was not injured, except for a few scratches, and was stranded on a cliff approximately one mile from the trailhead. By 1:30PM, rescue crews were hiking into Rubio Canyon, and within minutes had located the victim.
He was just off the Incline Trail, which leads up to Echo Mountain. He was secured into a harness by a rescuer and raised back up to the trail. The crew finished shortly after 4:00PM

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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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Call to rescue two hikers turns into a K9 rescue - June 19, 2017

On Monday June 19th, at 10:53PM, The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for two hikers on the side of a cliff in Eaton Canyon off the Mount Wilson Toll Road. After making contact with the victims, it was discovered that they were safe, but their dog was the one stranded on a cliff approximately 20 feet over the side.

The dogs owner, a 17 year old female residing in El Monte, was hiking in the area with her four legged companion, a 7 month old Labrador named Bruno. She had stopped momentarily for some water, briefly turning her back on the dog. It was at that point that he disappeared. After searching for an hour, she heard the dogs faint cries over the side of the trail. He was located on a small cliff, high above canyon bottom. After failed attempts to rescue the dog on her own, she left and returned with her older brother. When they had not returned home as expected, a friend called to report them missing and provided a mobile phone number to contact them directly. 

Now on scene, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team utilized a winch to lower a rescuer down the steep hillside to the awaiting K9. Once secured into a harness, the rescuer and dog were safely hoisted to the road above. 

The dog was reuinted with it's owner, and all three victims were drive by AMRT to their vehicle. 

Bruno was lucky to have survived this ordeal without injury. Had he not landed on the small ledge, he could have fallen 300 feet to the rocky canyon bottom. Upon spotting the rescuer coming down towards him, his cries ceased and he began wagging his tail in excitement. The picture below is just moments before Bruno was reuinted with his owner. 

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