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By Timothy Rutt, Altadenablog.com | September 3, 2011
Six hikers who were lost along the Sunset Ridge trail were escorted out in the wee hours of the morning by the Altadena Mountain Rescue team, according to the sheriffs. Sgt. Debra Herman at the Altadena Sheriff Station says that a 911 call came in from a hiker's cell phone about 2:30 AM this morning (Saturday).  The rescue team and county fire were dispatched, along with a helicopter, and the hikers were located within two hours after the call, Herman said. Sgt. Herman said that, while there was no information on the official report of the hikers being led out, "we wouldn't have left them there.
NEWS
September 1, 2010
Two hikers were rescued by helicopter Sunday night after reporting they got lost while trekking the Verdugo Mountains, police said. They called emergency dispatchers for help, but the calls kept disconnecting, police said. A helicopter was dispatched about 11 p.m. to the area to look for the hikers, who were severely dehydrated. The helicopter crew spotted a glow from a flashlight at 3,000 feet and flew to the mountain ridge, where they found the hikers, police said.
LOCAL
By Tania Chatila | August 15, 2006
It's not that members of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team and the Glendale Park Rangers don't like saving lives — they just wish people would hike a little more safely. The two agencies have rescued about two dozen lost or injured hikers since June, officials said. "I would love the day to come when we didn't have to go out and search for lost hikers, but with popular outdoor activities, it's part of our job," Park Ranger Supervisor Russ Hauck said. Rescue personnel are trying to spread the word and warn local hikers to be smart when hitting the trails.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | August 30, 2011
Three men reported missing in the Angeles National Forest overnight Monday were found uninjured at about 8:35 a.m. today, authorities said. The men were reported missing about 11 p.m. Monday, prompting an overnight search by crews from the Montrose and Sierra Madre search and rescue teams. A Los Angeles County sheriff's helicopter was also used to aid in the search effort. Sheriff's Montrose Search and Rescue Team member Steve Goldsworthy said the men were found uninjured in the Devil's Canyon area of Angeles National Forest.
NEWS
July 5, 2011
Eight hikers were rescued early Tuesday from a hillside above Brand Park after they were unable to climb down a mountain trail, officials said. The hikers were not injured during the incident, which occurred at approximately 11:25 p.m. Monday at the park, Glendale fire officials said. A helicopter crew found the group on a trail near the 7 Pines area and kept a spotlight on them until a rescue crew reached them, officials said. The group told authorities they were working out on the trails, officials said.
COMMUNITY
May 24, 2012
Clint Eastwood. He's a man you shouldn't mess with. And he's got his eyes on Glendale - or, at least, his life-sized cutout does. The cutout of Eastwood, in a pose from his 1964 Spaghetti Western “A Fistful of Dollars,” stands atop a hill near the Glendale (2) Freeway west of Verdugo Hills Hospital and looks out on North Glendale. Someone set him up just steps off a trail that begins near Descanso Gardens and connects with other trails and fire roads in the San Rafael Hills.
NEWS
The Los Angeles Times | August 30, 2011
Search-and-rescue crews were combing an area of the Angeles National Forest on Tuesday for three missing hikers. The Los Angeles men, ages 32, 45 and 50, left for a hike in the Devil's Canyon-Mt. Waterman area of the San Gabriel Mountains about 9 a.m. Sunday and were expected to return by 5 or 6 p.m., said Steve Goldsworthy, a volunteer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deptartment's Montrose Search and Rescue Team. Family members reported them missing about 10:45 p.m. Sunday after they failed to return home.  L.A. NOW
NEWS
January 23, 2004
Gary Moskowitz Ronald Dean Barbour left his La Crescenta home a week ago today for a bicycle ride and hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. His family still is waiting for him to come back. Members of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team are assisting the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in searching the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail where Barbour was thought to be -- between Interstate 15 and Highway 138 -- but authorities had found no trace of Barbour by Thursday evening.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | November 10, 2008
Cary Michel huffed and puffed Saturday morning all the way back down from Fire Warden’s Grove, a 3.6-mile hike one way. It was the Glendale resident’s first time hiking in the Verdugo Hills, and after Saturday’s hike, she couldn’t explain why. She only knew she’d be back soon. “It was great,” Michel said in between heavy breaths near the bottom of the fire road off La Tuna Canyon Road. “So beautiful . . . and everyone on the trail was great.
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NEWS
September 27, 2013
Firefighters rescued a man on Thursday after he suffered minor injuries and was unable to climb down a hiking trail at Brand Park, police said. Fire crews received a report at 12:39 p.m. about the man needing to be rescued from the park, which is located in the 1600 block West Mountain Street, according to Glendale fire officials. Crews hiked toward the man while a helicopter helped direct them to his location. A Los Angeles City Fire Department helicopter assisted in airlifting the man to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | July 27, 2013
More than 50 people hiked the Rosemont Preserve Saturday morning to learn about the plants used by the Chumash Indians who once inhabited the area. Leading them was James Adams, a La Crescenta resident who is an associate professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences at USC and co-author of "Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West. " Adams' family traces back to 17th-century Virginia where they lived among the Native Americans, absorbing knowledge from traditional healers.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 11, 2012
They won't write citations, lead hikes or carry guns, but Glendale's new volunteer trail watch guards will almost certainly be dealing with difficult people. On Saturday, the roughly 20-person team got a lesson in “verbal judo,” as Glendale Police Officer Larry Ballesteros called it. Ballesteros took on the roles of obnoxious people - like a 24-year-old thrill-seeking mountain biker “with 4 ounces of body fat” - and tested the volunteers. Will Campbell, a freelance editor from Silver Lake, tried to persuade Ballesteros' biker persona to slow down.
NEWS
July 4, 2012
The body of a man discovered by hikers in Big Tujunga Canyon late last month has been identified as missing Turkish engineer Ertug Ergun, officials said.  Ergun, who worked in Bakersfield, was reported missing by his supervisor on June 20. His car was found two days later near the Stonyvale Picnic area.  More than 60 people spent a collective 600 hours searching for the 33-year-old on horseback, by helicopter, on foot, or off-road motorcycles,...
NEWS
July 2, 2012
L.A. County sheriff's homicide detectives have placed a security hold on details surrounding the death of a man whose body was found near the base of a waterfall at Vasquez Creek in Big Tujunga Canyon. Hikers found the body Saturday at 6:30 p.m. near the base of the falls in Angeles National Forest and notified the Crescenta Valley sheriff's station. "The body was found in a difficult-to-reach area concealed from view by heavy brush," officials said. Due to the approaching darkness and danger to Los Angeles County Sheriff's search and rescue team members, rescuers waited until Sunday to recover the man's body.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 12, 2012
Fire crews rescued a hiker Monday night after he veered off the trails in Brand Park and got lost in heavy brush, officials said. The hiker hit the trails earlier that evening, but he began trekking off the path and was unable to find his way back, said Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey. At that point, he used his cellphone to call for help. “It took us a couple of hours to find him,” Godfrey said. The hiker was crawling on his hands and knees through thick brush, which made it difficult for rescuers to find him. The brush was so thick that even thermal imaging was rendered ineffective, Godfrey said.
COMMUNITY
May 24, 2012
Clint Eastwood. He's a man you shouldn't mess with. And he's got his eyes on Glendale - or, at least, his life-sized cutout does. The cutout of Eastwood, in a pose from his 1964 Spaghetti Western “A Fistful of Dollars,” stands atop a hill near the Glendale (2) Freeway west of Verdugo Hills Hospital and looks out on North Glendale. Someone set him up just steps off a trail that begins near Descanso Gardens and connects with other trails and fire roads in the San Rafael Hills.
NEWS
December 28, 2011
 A 70-year-old man was taken to a local hospital Wednesday morning after he passed out while hiking in the Verdugo Mountains, officials said. The man, whose identity wasn't released, was hiking with a woman about 9:22 a.m. when he became unconscious atop a mountain ridge behind Brand Park on the 1600 block of Mountain Street, officials said. The woman began screaming for help, prompting a flurry of calls to Glendale police from other hikers concerned about her well being. Witnesses reported hearing her screams and seeing someone in a black hooded sweatshirt exit the mountain trails, Glendale Police Lt. Brian Cohen said.
THE818NOW
By Timothy Rutt, Altadenablog.com | November 21, 2011
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. is looking for a hiker who's been missing since Friday evening. From the release: Sierra Madre Search and Rescue seeks your help in locating a missing person:  Matthew Hernandez, 29, Male Hispanic 5'07" 180 pounds  Last seen: November 19, 2011 6 PM near Chantry Flats located in the Angeles National Forest above Arcadia.  Due to severe weather your help is requested.  Hernandez was last seen wearing a green shirt, denim vest and black pants.
THE818NOW
November 21, 2011
A man who went missing on Friday while hiking near Chantry Flats in the Angeles National Forest turned up safe early Monday morning, authorities said. Matthew Hernandez, 29, had last been seen Friday evening. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue began searching for Hernandez when he did not return home. Hernandez wandered out of the forest around 3:30 a.m. Monday and called his father, according to authorities. They say Hernandez was very wet and cold, and had become disoriented.
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