After an exhaustive overnight search that continued into the morning, the four missing mountain bikers were located deep in the Arroyo at the mouth of Bear Canyon.
Having began their day at Mt. Wilson with a planned destination of the Arroyo behind JPL, the group made a wrong turn and ended up deep in Bear Canyon. When darkness set in, the group determined the best plan of action was to set up camp and stay the night as the rugged train of Bear Canyon would prove to be difficult to navigate in the dark. With no way to communicate with their friends and family, and armed with nothing more than their mountain biking gear, the group was able to start a small fire and huddled together for warmth until morning.
Today's operation is a perfect example of why you should always be prepared for any possibility when venturing into the forest. Luckily this group had the ability to start a camp fire, which more than likely prevented the onset of hypothermia as temperatures dropped into the mid-40's. It always makes good sense to pack items you may need, such as a light jacked and a flashlight, in the event you find yourself in a similar situation. And don't always count on cell service in the mountains, especially if you end up deep in a canyon.