Injured Hiker Lifted From Eaton Canyon

Authorities requested a hoist operation to lift the hiker near the first falls area.

A rescue effort has concluded in Eaton Canyon after a hiker reportedly injured himself between the first and second falls area.

Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department began responding to the scene before 5 p.m. According to officials at the Altadena Sheriff's Station, a 23-year-old male hiker reportedly received an ankle injury.

According to scanner reports, the injured hiker was hoisted out by helicopter from the canyon. Authorities had to wait for a copter to become available for the operation. A medic was reportedly lowered down to the victim in order to prepare his extraction. The injured hiker was with at least four others when the accident happened. How he became injured is unclear.

By 6:10 p.m., the injured hiker was transported by helicopter to Huntington Memorial Hospital, said an official at the Altadena Sheriff's Station.

Aviva Rosenbloom June 24, 2012 at 02:27 AM
There have been so many of these "injured hiker" reports on Altadena Patch. Looks like most of the accidents are in and around Eaton Canyon. Can we go beyond the reporting, and get someone to recommend how to prevent more accidents from happening there? Signage? Restricted areas?
Lorraine Pozniak June 24, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Aviva, signs have been put up, but they're obviously being ignored. Since May of last year, I'd guess around 50 people have been rescued, and there was one fatality, that I remember. I think park rangers should patrol the area to keep people from doing what they shouldn't be doing. It would certainly be less expensive than having to rescue people from Eaton Canyon two or three times per week, like last summer.
dakota June 24, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Lol my ankle is fine... Tore legiments in my foot, jumped from the top of the 2nd waterfall went too far out instead of dropping straight down. I've done the jump 100 times but it finally bit back. Tried hiking back out but the pain and swelling stopped me about a half mile from the 1st waterfallm helicopter was the only way to get out without suffering further injuries. Goodlooks to my homies and other hikers who helped me and the rescue team get out of there
Chris June 24, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I'm so tired of these stories. The idiots who go where they're not supposed to should be left there. Let their homies come and get them ... Not county helicopters.
Victor Caballero June 24, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Lisa Hastings June 24, 2012 at 08:44 PM
This is so racist and obnoxious. I hope your comment is removed. You are probably one of the macho kids of the priveleged race who climbs above the falls in flip flops or sneakers. What an idiot.
Sam Burgess June 25, 2012 at 07:59 AM
Dakota, No sympathy from me. I resent my tax money being used to rescue people like you. There is nothing LOL about your actions or attitude. An unlimited number of park rangers will not be able to stop idiots from going where they are not supposed to be going--and then expecting a rescue when they get in trouble.
Mimi June 25, 2012 at 03:07 PM
It's a shame that these people that like to do risky things are going to ruin it for the responsible hikers of Eaton Canyon. Eventually they are going to have to close it off to hikers. It is costing the county too much money. They should have to reimburse the county. Not to mention the risk the rescuers take in helping these buffoons. I don't like it.
Al M. June 25, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Wondered if anybody knows if victims in Eaton Cyn and elsewhere rescued by LAC Search and Rescue get billed for there rescue? Must cost thousands to send in S&R teams and helo victims out?? Send them the bill for their irresponsibility.
Sue Eaton June 25, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Yes they do get billed from the county.
Benjamin Pelletier June 25, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Perhaps we should consider the recommendations of those with more experience on this subject: http://tinyurl.com/7t8gtqb
JT Hampton June 25, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Dakota - Did you hit your head on one of those rocks? Do you honestly feel no remorse for your actions? Your apparent flippancy is repugnant.
Mike Leum June 25, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Sue Eaton: Victims of wilderness accidents in LA County do NOT get billed. Regarding signage, the USFS does not recognize any official "trail" leading from the Eaton Canyon bridge to the falls, therefore they will not put signage there. The increase in rescues has been due in large part to social media and the posting of videos on YouTube.
Benjamin Pelletier June 25, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I can confirm Mike's first statement via a direct email with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department through lacosar.org. Sierra Madre Search and Rescue states on its web page that there is never a charge for their services (http://smsr.org/content/view/20/46/). I am awaiting responses from Altadena Mountain Rescue and Los Angeles Fire Department (the agency involved in this particular rescue). The National Association for Search and Rescue recommends against charging for rescues (http://tinyurl.com/7t8gtqb).
Lorraine Pozniak June 25, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Read the "Local Officials Launching Eaton Canyon Safety Campaign" story here on Altadena Patch from April 12th. and then tell us there's no warning sign.
Benjamin Pelletier June 25, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Lorraine, there are no warning signs near, at, or shortly after the path around the waterfall. The official, well-phrased signs installed in the past year are located exclusively in Eaton Canyon Park rather than in the narrows of the canyon contained in the Angeles National Forest where the waterfalls are located.
Aviva Rosenbloom June 26, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Thank you, Lorraine. I was not aware that this territory had been covered by Altadena Patch last August. However, I also take Benjamin's point that there are evidently still no warning signs near, at or shortly after the path around the waterfall. Whatever was done - or proposed to be done - last August has not stopped the accidents. So, what next?
Sam Burgess June 26, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Aviva, You appear to want to blame someone, anyone except the idiots who knowingly do stupid things. These are not "accidents". They are plain & simply stupid, idiotic acts by stupid, idiotic people. Will someone please explain to this simple person why warning signs are needed in a forest. And equally important why you need a warning sign informing you that it is dangerous to jump off a waterfall.
Benjamin Pelletier June 26, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Aviva's response to this problem is to look for possible solutions. Your solution is to...call people names?
Dale Frey June 26, 2012 at 05:10 AM
You are so right on this matter as it takes one idiot to ruin it for all us who know how to enjoy the gift we have at natures end.
JT Hampton June 26, 2012 at 06:19 AM
@Benjamin - spot on, man. Spot on.
C. Norris June 26, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Sam, keep preaching brother! Warning signs in the forest? What’s next? Warning signs to tell people not to blow dry your hair while in the shower? What about not eating the silicate packets in dry good containers? Oh yes, that’s right, they’re already there. You know USFS won’t put up signs in the forest because we would be taking away from the beauty of the forest. I want to be distracted by bumble bees and flowers and natural things, not signs. Signs belong in parking lots. And yes, there are some signs posted appropriately where they’re supposed to be.
C. Norris June 26, 2012 at 06:42 AM
If you want a real mind bender, you should read some of the comments on a PSA about Eaton Canyon here on the Patch: http://altadena.patch.com/articles/public-service-video-on-avoiding-eaton-canyon-climb-video#video-9621616
Benjamin Pelletier June 26, 2012 at 03:56 PM
The sign previously placed about 100' up the waterfall bypass path (now removed) would only be seen by those taking the path. There are currently no signs between the Pinecrest gate and the waterfall.


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