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January 28, 2013
Four men were rescued from the Angeles National Forest Sunday night after becoming stranded on a hike, according to sheriff's officials. One of the hikers called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station around 7:05 p.m. and reported that the group had limited supplies, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Elisabeth Sachs. Montrose Search and Rescue deputies then located the men at Strawberry Peak around 10:30 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department used helicopters to lift the men from the location.
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By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | May 11, 2011
The La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council on Saturday officially welcomed hikers, bicyclists, dog walkers and equestrians to enjoy the completed trail loop that surrounds La Cañada. Although it took 40 years, the loop’s successful completion is due in large part to the collaborative effort between Los Angeles County, the city and the Trails Council volunteer group. “I can’t give enough credit to the City Council…the last 10 years, the City Council has been very proactive in talking with Caltrans and getting grants” to make La Cañada’s trail system complete, said Randy Strapazon, an active member of the Trails Council.
NEWS
April 18, 2012
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.
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January 8, 2013
Heading up to the Angeles National Forest this month? Keep tire chains handy, dress warmly and drink plenty of water, officials say. The winter season exposes travelers to more safety hazards, from hypothermia to icy roads. The Cresenta Valley Sheriff's Station advises those visiting local mountain ranges to check conditions first at www.dot.ca.gov/roadsandtraffic.html. They also say venturing in the forest alone or sledding down slopes greater than 30 degress is not a good idea.
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KTLA | February 6, 2014
Two men were rescued by a search team Thursday after getting lost 12 hours earlier while hiking in the Eaton Canyon area above Pasadena. Assisted by a deputy who descended by rope from a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter, the men were individually hoisted up to the aircraft before being whisked away to the nearby Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The department's Altadena station received a call at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday from one of the two 24-year-old men saying they were "OK" but had become lost, sheriff's Deputy Daniel Page told KTLA-TV Channel 5. The men, described as fit but inexperienced hikers, were believed to have started their trek about noon, Page said.
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By Alfredo Santana | April 18, 2012
Spring is here, and that means hikers and recreation 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 to warn about risks on the trails and the dangers of going off the trails. Eaton Canyon is a focus for first responders because 2011 saw a high number of injuries and incidents requiring crews to use helicopters to bring hikers to safety.
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By Stephanie Ghiya stephanie.ghiya@latimes.com | August 10, 2011
Leading family and friends up a two-mile trail into Angeles National Forest on Saturday, Sheree Reed had only one goal in mind: to see Switzer Falls. Of the 28 waterfall hikes in the Los Angeles area, Reed said Switzer Falls is the most family-friendly and, unlike the seasonal waterfalls in Malibu, Switzer flows all year. “I knew [the forest] had been burned, but this area hasn't really been affected that much,” Reed said. “This one is intact.” With just a 10-mile drive from La Cañada up the recently reopened Angeles Crest Highway and a right turn at Angeles Forest Highway, picnickers and hikers can find the newly paved Switzer Falls Picnic Area parking lot off to the right.
NEWS
August 17, 2009
Mary O'Keefe Hikers and visitors to the Angeles National Forest should leave their valuables at home when hiking the trails, officials said, citing a rash of burglaries of cars left unattended for hours at a time. From July 2 to Aug. 8, about 15 vehicle burglaries were reported to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station that occurred in a variety of recreational areas throughout the forest. “[Vehicle burglaries and thefts] usually increase in the summer months.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
March was a busy month for the Montrose Search & Rescue Team, which responded to a total of 14 calls for assistance in local mountains, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported Monday.  The team responded to or assisted in nine search calls, largely for hikers gone missing or who were overdue. Members also performed five rescue missions, including saving an injured mountain biker, a cliffhanger and a horseback rider who'd gone off the side of the road.  Two rescue calls involved vehicles that had careened off parts of the Angeles Crest Highway and Little Tujunga Canyon and required extrication.
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By Mary O'Keefe | July 6, 2006
On July 1, five family members were hiking in the Switzer Falls area in Angeles National Forest. Around 4:30 p.m. four of the members decided to walk the approximate two miles back to the parking lot. By 9 p.m., when they had not arrived, the remaining family member, a son, called 911. Montrose Search and Rescue responded to the emergency call and began searching for the missing people. "There were two adults, 40- to 45 years old, a 17-year-old boy and 20-year-old girl," Janet Henderson, captain of Montrose Search and Rescue, said.
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April 14, 2014
March was a busy month for the Montrose Search & Rescue Team, which responded to a total of 14 calls for assistance in local mountains, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported Monday.  The team responded to or assisted in nine search calls, largely for hikers gone missing or who were overdue. Members also performed five rescue missions, including saving an injured mountain biker, a cliffhanger and a horseback rider who'd gone off the side of the road.  Two rescue calls involved vehicles that had careened off parts of the Angeles Crest Highway and Little Tujunga Canyon and required extrication.
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KTLA | February 6, 2014
Two men were rescued by a search team Thursday after getting lost 12 hours earlier while hiking in the Eaton Canyon area above Pasadena. Assisted by a deputy who descended by rope from a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter, the men were individually hoisted up to the aircraft before being whisked away to the nearby Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The department's Altadena station received a call at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday from one of the two 24-year-old men saying they were "OK" but had become lost, sheriff's Deputy Daniel Page told KTLA-TV Channel 5. The men, described as fit but inexperienced hikers, were believed to have started their trek about noon, Page said.
NEWS
August 26, 2013
A 56-year-old Los Angeles man was found dead near Inspiration Point in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday afternoon after another hiker passing by spotted his body in a ravine, authorities said. Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Air Rescue 5 unit located the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene before being airlifted to Farnsworth Park in Altadena, according to the Los Angeles Times . A preliminary coroner's examination determined that the man died from trauma sustained during a fall from a steep trail.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | April 10, 2013
Since moving to La Cañada Flintridge nine years ago, Reg Green has started most mornings with a hike in the mountains above his home. He frequents one particular trail that starts on a dirt road next to a Forest Service fire station off Angeles Crest Highway, a few minutes drive from his home. Locals come here at sunrise on weekdays to get in a run or bike ride before heading off to work. PHOTOS: Local hiker gets bench and view in Angeles National Forest Green, 84, usually stops at an overlook on the trail that offers views - on a clear day - of the downtown Los Angeles skyline and Catalina Island.
NEWS
January 30, 2013
Montrose Search and Rescue deputies hoisted an woman who injured her knee to safety Sunday afternoon, according to sheriff's officials. Officials responded to the Little Jimmy Campground in the Angeles National Forest around noon, where a woman with an injured right knee and arthritis in her left knee was found, according to Sgt. Mark Slater of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. U.S. Forest Service officials and Montrose deputies slid the woman on a snow litter for three miles.
NEWS
January 28, 2013
Four men were rescued from the Angeles National Forest Sunday night after becoming stranded on a hike, according to sheriff's officials. One of the hikers called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station around 7:05 p.m. and reported that the group had limited supplies, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Elisabeth Sachs. Montrose Search and Rescue deputies then located the men at Strawberry Peak around 10:30 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department used helicopters to lift the men from the location.
NEWS
January 25, 2013
The body of a woman was found Thursday afternoon by a hiker in the Angeles National Forest. The discovery was made on East Fork Road near Prairie Fork Road, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Homicide detectives were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. No additional details were immediately available, the L.A. Times reported. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 890-5500. -- Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Los Angeles County coroner's officials were investigating the site of a possible shallow grave at Angeles National Forest on Wednesday morning. Authorities have been unable to confirm whether there is a body inside the reported grave, said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie.   Investigators are working near the 292-mile marker on Big Tujunga Canyon Road, The Times reported. Hikers reported the shallow grave near a trail early Wednesday, according to KTLA-TV. -- Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
NEWS
January 8, 2013
Heading up to the Angeles National Forest this month? Keep tire chains handy, dress warmly and drink plenty of water, officials say. The winter season exposes travelers to more safety hazards, from hypothermia to icy roads. The Cresenta Valley Sheriff's Station advises those visiting local mountain ranges to check conditions first at www.dot.ca.gov/roadsandtraffic.html. They also say venturing in the forest alone or sledding down slopes greater than 30 degress is not a good idea.
NEWS
December 26, 2012
Authorities on Wednesday continued to try and ascertain the identity of a hiker who was found dead Saturday morning in the Angeles National Forest. Another hiker found the man's body around 7:47 a.m. near the Gould Mesa Debris Basin Dam on the east trail near La Cañada Flintridge, said Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales. It appeared the body had been there for several days, said Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter. Authorities said Saturday that there had been no recent reports of missing hikers in the area.
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