Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit assisted in the rescue of a 60-year-old hiker near the South Ridge Trailhead. The rescue took place Saturday, Oct. 13, when the man took a day hike from his campsite and became lost.
He began his hike around 2 p.m., got off trail and used his cellphone to call for assistance. RMRU was called out about 4:30 p.m. according to local volunteer Lee Arnson, who, along with fellow RMRU teammate Helene Lohr, reached the lost hiker just as darkness was setting in.
“Aviation [Riverside County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit] spotted the hiker but he was in heavy woods with no place to effect a hoist,” said Arnson.
The rescuers got to the hiker just in time. “It was golden,” said Arnson. “We were running out of daylight. It was fortunate the guy stayed put once he knew he was lost. That helps.”
Arnson said the rescue was concluded after 6 p.m. and the hiker suffered no injuries.