Four hikers who became stranded when they made a wrong turn off a Mount Baldy trail were rescued Monday, Aug. 7, by a San Bernardino County sheriff’s aviation crew, according to a sheriff’s news release.
The hikers had planned to complete a challenge — to hike Mount San Jacinto, Mount Baldy and Mount San Gorgonio in a 24-hour period.
They reached the San Jacinto Mountains peak, then arrived at Manker Flats to ascend toward Mount Baldy about 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, but mistakenly left the Ski Hut trail and hiked up the very steep and rocky slope of Baldy Bowl, where they got stuck on a ledge at the 9,500-foot level about 11:30 p.m., according to the written statement.
They called for help and deputies obtained a GPS location, but high winds prevented a helicopter hoist that night.
The West Valley Search and Rescue Team responded by ground, secured the hikers from falling on the slope and waited until it was safe for a sheriff’s helicopter to complete a hoist rescue after 8:50 a.m. Monday.
The hikers — Torin Halsted, 20 and Trevor Halsted, 24, both of Davis; Kevin Bujold, 25, of Ventura; and Barry Weickert, 21, of San Jose — were flown to a landing zone, medically evaluated and given food and water before they were returned to their vehicle.
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