Hiker Rescued at Eaton Canyon After Sliding 50 Feet Down a Ledge
July 31, 2014
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  • ALTADENA – A hiker was injured when she fell about 50 feet while hiking toward the second waterfall at Eaton Canyon on Wednesday. She was hoisted out by a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter.

    The rescue comes two days before the U.S. Forest Service closes the Eaton Canyon Upper Falls to the public in an effort to stem rescues and deaths near the second waterfall. Those found violating the closure could receive a $5,000 fine, up to six months in jail, or both.

    In 2012, there were 60 rescues near the second waterfall. There have been five deaths there since 2011.

    On Wednesday, Pasadena and Los Angeles County firefighters responded to a rescue at Eaton Canyon at 6:44 p.m.

    Lisa Derderian, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department said the 19-year-old woman was hiking with her boyfriend and friends.

    The woman was attempting to get to the second waterfall and was 50 feet up on a ledge, according to Derderian.

    A cell phone video showed she slid down but managed to grab onto the branches of a tree.

    Derderian said the hiker was located south of the waterfall.

    She sustained minor injuries to her leg.

    Derderian said the hiker was treated and flown by helicopter to Huntington Hospital. She was listed in stable condition Wednesday night.