Several Hikers Rescued Saturday

Search and Rescue helped hikers both Saturday morning and the afternoon.

Altadena's Search and Rescue team engaged in a pair of rescues throughout Saturday around Eaton Canyon's first waterfall, according to authorities.

The first rescue was a male hiker in his 20s, who was carried out by rescue team personnel, treated and then taken to a local hospital, said Lt. Angela Shepard of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.

Another rescue took place at the first waterfall took place around 5 p.m., this time with Air-5 extracting three stranded male hikers and one female hiker walking out with rescue team members, according to information from the Sheriff's Department.

Bernard Kane March 05, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I'm sorry, but I have never yet hiked Eaton Canyon, but there seems to be an awful lot of rescues lately. Is there a reason besides hiker error? Is there something about the trail?
Dan Abendschein March 05, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Bernard, there is an upper water fall area that people climb up too that is ill advised for anyone without legitimate climbing skills. If you stay on the trail and go to the lower falls it is an easy hike, though people do slip and fall sometimes on stream crossings there. The climbing is the major problem though.
Mike March 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I think the Sierra Madre SAR should put up a portable office in the canyon...It would save them the gas money...They could sell markers and shampoo to raise funds for equipment too!
Geoff March 06, 2012 at 09:01 PM
This video provides some insight into the combination of inexperience and tricky terrain that's responsible for most rescues at Eaton Canyon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llfD9i3Qf0c This group reportedly managed to make it out without a rescue, but you can see how others might not be so lucky.
Dan Abendschein March 06, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Geoff, thanks for the link. It definitely gives me a sense of why these things keep happening. The end is pretty gruesome though... yikes.


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