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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Hiker rescued 400 feet above canyon bottom - June 15, 2017

On June 15, just after 2:00PM, The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was activated for the rescue of a female hiker stranded on a cliff in Eaton Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. The hiker called 911 but was unable to provide details as to her location other than stating that she “climbed up the side of a mountain in Eaton Canyon”. The hiker was able to send photographs of her location and team members used those to determine her position. A crew began to climb to her location, approximately 400 feet above canyon bottom atop a steep ridge line. The hiker was not injured and was lowered to canyon bottom with a team member’s assistance. The hiker, a 22 year old female resident of Bell Gardens was not on any marked trail. Once safely down, she was escorted to her vehicle near the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. This incident concluded at 6:00PM.

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Church group members saved by Altadena Mountain Rescue Team – December 5, 2015

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team received a call at 4:45PM on December 5th regarding three hikers stranded atop the waterfall in Eaton Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. AMRT, along with the Parks Bureau, responded into the area, establishing a command post at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The lost hikers, part of a 50 person church group, separated from the main group and become stranded atop the falls, unable to get down.

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team members hiked up canyon and made the difficult ascent up to the top of the falls. Because of terrain erosion over the recent months from heavy rains, portions of the trail were no longer considered passable by the members on scene. After scouting a location suitable for an anchor, members rappelled down to the victims, ages 12, 26 and 26. All three were uninjured, however, all were complaining of being cold as the temperatures dropped into the low 50’s and neither was dressed appropriately. The victims were provide with warm clothing while a lowering system was rigged to get them safely to canyon bottom.

Once on canyon bottom, the victims were hiked out and then transported to the command post at the Nature Center, where they were reunited with the waiting members of their group.

This operation concluded at 9:45PM

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Father-Daughter time turns into Father-Daughter rescue – November 21, 2015

At approximately 7:15PM on November 21st, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team received a call regarding a father and daughter stuck on a ridge in Rubio Canyon. Communication via text message was established with the father and he was informed that AMRT was in route.

From the Rubio Canyon trailhead, team members were able to visually locate the victims from their flashlights glimmering on the side of the hill. We proceeded into the canyon to better identify their exact location and develop an extraction plan.

Team members tried to approach the victims from above and below, with both routes initially proving to be unsuccessful. The team members approaching from below readjusted their approach and were eventually able to reach the victims. The father and daughter were safely secured at the location while crews from above rigged a lowering system. Both victims were lowered, along with a rescuer, to the canyon bottom and hiked out. This operation concluded at approximately 12:30AM.

It was discovered during a post-rescue interview that the father and daughter had been hiking the better part of the day and had taken a wrong turn, ending up on a steep scree slope that let them to a steep ridge. Because of the loose terrain they were unable to safely backtrack to the main trail. Wisely, the father decided to call for help instead of risking injury.

These hikers were prepared, with food, water, flashlights and proper clothing. Not all hikers are as prepared. As temperatures stay cool, with lows approaching 30 degrees locally, be sure to carry extra layers. You never know when you may take the wrong trail and end up stuck on a ridge.

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