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Missing hikers found safe in Angeles National Forest

August 30, 2011 |  9:13 am

Missing hikers found in Devil's Canyon
Three hikers who had gone missing in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday were found safe Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Search-and-rescue crews found the three men, reportedly uninjured, in Devil's Canyon about 8:40 a.m., said Steve Goldsworthy, a volunteer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Montrose Search and Rescue Team.

The men, ages 32, 45 and 50 and all from Los Angeles, left for a hike in the San Gabriel Mountains about 9 a.m. Sunday and were expected to return by 5 or 6 p.m. Family members reported them missing about 10:45 p.m. Sunday after they failed to return home.

Two vehicles belonging to two of the hikers were found, one at the trailhead leading to Devil's Canyon, the other at the trailhead to Mt. Waterman.

The hikers apparently had intended to take a one-way, 15-mile day hike from one vehicle to the other and had not taken gear to stay overnight.

The search, which was activated shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, was carried out by crews from several law enforcement agencies, volunteers and a sheriff's department helicopter.


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Photo: Search-and-rescue teams combed Angeles National Forest for three missing hikers. Credit: KTLA-TV