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3 Hikers Rescued, A 4th Dies Trying to Get To Eaton Canyon Waterfall


At 11:26 a.m. Friday, Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Altadena Search and Rescue Team responded to Eaton Canyon north of Altadena regarding hikers falling down the side of the mountain. Three people were rescued by firefighters, assisted by deputies. One of the three was injured, and a fourth teenage female lost her life.

There is NO safe trail to the second waterfall.

Please watch the video about the dangers of the Eaton Canyon Waterfall area north of Altadena, and share it with active people you know who may consider hiking in this area in the future.

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Hiking/camping is a fun way to get family and friends together to enjoy the outdoors and to get some physical activity. However, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. You should tell family and friends what your plans are and provide a list of who will be going with you. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the residents of Los Angeles County that having a hiking/camping plan is crucial to survival in case of an emergency.

Before you leave, please fill out Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue – Hiking Plan sheet and leave it with a family member in case something happens to a member of your hiking/camping expedition. You can download the form here

If you would like more information on how to prepare for your hiking/camping trip, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s camping website

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team members are Reserve Sheriff’s deputies who volunteer their time to help others for $1 a year, and who partner with Sheriff’s civilian volunteers who volunteer for free.

There are more than 150 members of the eight Search and Rescue teams of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. These rescuers were activated for over 500 search and rescue missions last year, making it one of the most active counties for search and rescue missions in the nation. Reserve deputies and civilian volunteers are supervised by full-time deputies. Learn more here.