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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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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