Below is an excerpt from an article that appeared on L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's website on May 2nd about the dangers of Eaton Canyon and the five fatalities that have occurred there in the last two years. To read the full article, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
Five people have died in the upper raches of Eaton Canyon in the past two years, including this man in 2011.
It was late in the day when several twentysomething hikers happened upon veteran Los Angeles County rescuer Richard De Leon. Next to him was another young man, whose broken body had just been retrieved from the rocky floor of Eaton Canyon.
“Where you coming from?” De Leon asked the group, knowing all too well the answer.
“The second falls,” they confirmed. “But we’re fine.”
De Leon motioned to the man now being photographed by coroner’s officials. “So was he about an hour ago.”
The hikers assured De Leon they weren’t like that guy. “We know what we’re doing,” they insisted.
“So did he,” the rescuer said, hoping to drive home his point but knowing that he might as well have been lecturing the rocks.