UPDATE: 11:18 a.m.: Rescuers have found the five hikers reported lost in Eaton Canyon, a popular hiking area in the San Gabriel Valley, where rescuers frequently pull out lost or injured hikers, according to LA Sheriff's Department.
Below is the tweet announcing that they were found:
PREVIOUSLY: Rescuers have started searching for five hikers reported lost in Eaton Canyon, a popular hiking area in the San Gabriel Valley, where rescuers frequently pull out lost or injured hikers.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department led the rescue effort with support from its Altadena Search & Rescue, Sgt. Booker Hollis said. The foggy weather in the area was hampering their helicopter search efforts:
The five hikers, all believed to be in their 20s, entered the Eaton Canyon Natural Area about 8 a.m. Thursday. The area is home to a popular three-mile hike that leads to a waterfall in the Angeles National Forest. They were expected to return eight hours later, but never made it back, Hollis said.
The father of one of the hikers reported the group missing Friday morning, Hollis said.
The area is one where rescuers are constantly called to help hikers in distress. Last month, one hiker, a 17-year-old girl from Alhambra, was killed and two others were rescued.
The search effort is on the heels of another high-profile rescue in Trabuco Canyon, about 70 miles south near Rancho Santa Margarita. Kyndall Jack, 18, and Nicholas Cendoya, 19, were saved after a multi-day search.
Map: Follow the red path from the trailhead at the parking lot of the Eaton Canyon Natural Center, through the Angeles National Forest to the waterfall. The colored map areas indicate city and park jurisdictions, from the Eaton Canyon Natural Area park, Angeles National Forest, city of Pasadena and the unincorporated Los Angeles county area of Altadena. The trail path is a general outline, not an exact route.