Spring is here, and that means hikers and recreational enthusiasts are about to hit the trails in and around the Angeles National Forest. Some will not make it out under their own power.
On Tuesday leaders of the agencies that rescue hikers hosted a safety meeting at Eaton Canyon Natural Area in Pasadena, warning about risks on the trails and the dangers of web sites and videos that encourage people to go off trails.
Eaton Canyon is a focus for first responders because 2011 saw a high number of injuries and incidents requiring crews to use choppers to bring hikers to safety.
Bill Niccum, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said 60 hikers were rescued in 190-acre Eaton Canyon Natural Area in the last 12 months. Thirty-five of them were injured and two died, he said. In 2010, only 50 rescues were required and there was only one fatality.