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Hiker critically injured in Altadena's Eaton Canyon

July 29, 2009 |  8:55 pm

A hiker was critically injured today after falling more than 40 feet in Eaton Canyon in Altadena, officials said.

Malon Argueta, who is in his early 20s, was hiking with two females about 5:45 p.m. when he fell near a waterfall in the same area where a 21-year-old hiker plunged to his death last month, authorities said.

Search and rescue teams located Argueta, who was conscious but suffering from head and leg injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Pasadena Fire Department.

He was airlifted to the trauma unit at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, where he was listed in critical condition.

Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said the number of injuries in Eaton Canyon increases during the summer as hikers seek out the scenic waterfalls.

“I don’t know the circumstances with this one, but you can never take enough precautions,” she said. “We have a lot of local hikers. I think they assume that because they’re in their own backyard they don’t have to take the necessary precautions.”

-- Corina Knoll