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4 Hikers Left Stranded on Strawberry Peak Trail Sunday

The Montrose Search & Rescue Team searched for four hikers who were stranded on Strawberry Peak Trail in Angeles National Forest late Sunday night.

The Montrose Search and Rescue Team searched late Sunday night for four hikers who were stranded during a routine climb on Strawberry Peak Trail in Angeles National Forest, officials announced. 

One of the hikers called the from his cell phone and said no one was injured but the group had no supplies and the weather was turning cold, according to Sheriff's Lt. Elisabeth Sachs of the Crescenta Valley Station.

The hikers could no longer be reached by phone when local rescue specialists found them about 10:30 p.m., Sachs said. 

Helicopters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department were requested and hoisted the hikers to safety, she said. 

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Mike January 29, 2013 at 05:01 PM
They were on are a closed trail. They should of been fined. I can see rescuing folks who get in over their heads but not folks who aren't following the rules. I started down a trail over by the Little Jimmy campground that I thought was opened and was told by a ranger that I was lucky he didn't have his ticket book with him. The trail was confusing and we all thought it was open but these folks had to have known this trail was closed.
MtnManMike January 29, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I can agree on that noe, Mike. If someone is off trail, or on a closed trail, they should be issued a citation whether they are in need of a resue or not. Most rescues in the front range involve people going off trail. The front range is far too steep, decomposed, and slippery for overland hiking.
Christopher C Brooks January 29, 2013 at 07:11 PM
I could never condemn a person to further harm to himself or herself, their families, etc., because of carelessness, ignorance, or even stupidity. When one is in harm’s way, the first option should be to rescue/save or provide whatever assists might needed. A possible death penalty for ineptitude should not set well in the conscience of a society. We don’t generally have the option of rescuing the goodly or heroic. More often than not, we deal with simple perceived acts gone awry, or untoward accidents over which we have little to none control.
Dan Abendschein January 30, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I'm pretty sure it is still closed. Doesn't stop people from going up there though.
Nature lover January 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM
The forest service could do a better job of marking the trails that are still closed, because right now, it's confusing. I met a young couple the other day clutching "Trails of the Angeles," which is seriously out of date since the Station Fire. They'd chosen a loop route to Mt. Lukens from Tujunga Canyon and back via a trail that's almost completely disappeared now. Six hours of hiking, no decent map, no real trail, and one hour from sunset. I just hope they made it back to their car. At least it wasn't snowing that day.

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