Altadena Search and Rescue Finds Four Hikers

Four adults were lost on the trail in Eaton Canyon Thursday.

If you were wondering why a helicopter was flying over East Altadena Thursday evening, it was due to another Eaton Canyon rescue.

The Altadena Sheriff's Station released the following Thursday night regarding the rescue:

On November 15, 2012, the Altadena Search and Rescue Team were called out to 2200 Pinecrest Drive, Altadena in Eaton Canyon regarding four adults who were lost on the trail. Los Angeles County Fire Engine #66 with Captain Gonzalez were assisted by the Altadena Search and Rescue Team who located the hikers and escorted them out of the canyon safely and uninjured.

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Dottie Burns November 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Idiots, there is only one way in and one way out, how can you get lost? Of course, they could have climbed up the side of the canyon. Are people being fined for this stupidity?
Chris November 16, 2012 at 05:37 PM
We really need to fine these idiots on a sliding scale of stupidity.
doris finch November 16, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Since I understand the search and rescue people are dubious about big fines, since they don't want people dying up there because they are afraid of being charged money, how about indentured servitude? Make them spend their weekends raising money for rescue teams, cleaning up the canyon and adjacent streets, or otherwise being useful to the various agencies involved?
Melody Comfort November 16, 2012 at 07:47 PM
An acquaintance of mine in another town called 911, and was charged for receiving assistance. Are these poeple being charged for the cost of the rescue in Altadena?
not Carl Peterson lll November 16, 2012 at 07:56 PM
LAST TIME I checked there was no sign on the gate that it gets locked at sunset. The gate at pinecrest gets by that guy who live down the driveway that is also the beginning of the Eaton canyon entry. "people should know by now", is the quote he told me. People in the neighborhood, as well as others have keys. If one comes in that way, then find the gate locked, you can get lost in the dark. (No moon last night) The entry on Altadena Dr. a half mile down, yet still one half mile above the nature center, would be passed by if you did not know its there. Ten years ago, I got locked in with two other people. We yelled at the top of our lungs, and banged the gate. All the neighbors had to hear us....no one would come open it. The girl tried to climb over and fell, injuring herself. Her 17 year old mentally disabled brother disappeared, and the police refused to go until I told them he was a minor. Part of the story was in the star news. Bottom line.....gate locks at sunset, and last time I checked their was NO SIGN THAT REFERS TO THE GATE CLOSING AT THE PINECREST ENTRANCE. And the neighbors don't care if you are locked in. I believe their is a tricky way out with a little climbing and going through the neighbors yard on the north.....maybe.
MtnManMike November 19, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I went by yesterday to verify that there is no sign...There isn't. two things need to happen here: A sign, signifying what time the gate closed must be installed. A set time when the gate closes should be established. "Sunset" is a moving target. I can understand the neighbors' frustration with this trail entry. If there is mayhem during daylight hours, things must really get out of control at night. Locking the gate has probably even saved the lives of a few by making it too difficult to access the trail up the canyon. On the other hand, there are several evening hikers who have been locked in because of the lack of signage. Myself among them. Posting a time is essential.


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