Environment & Science

Hikers rescued after wet night high above Eaton Canyon

File: Eaton Canyon Falls waterfall.
File: Eaton Canyon Falls waterfall.
Photo by scott.medling via Wikimedia Commons

Two hikers who spent a wet night on a cliff about a thousand feet above Los Angeles County's Eaton Canyon have been rescued and are unhurt.

The hikers called the Altadena Sheriff's Station on Sunday night and said that they were stranded, Lt. Doug Mohrhoff told KPCC. The search and rescue team from that station was activated and managed to locate the hikers.

"Because the terrain was relatively steep, and since the clouds and weather were rolling in, they sheltered in place with the search and rescue team overnight," Mohrhoff said.

Sheriff's Sgt. John Gilbert says a helicopter crew plucked the man and woman from the cliff late Monday morning, after gray skies cleared up.

Rescue efforts were paused because of weather and darkness Sunday night.

Gilbert says both hikers were cold and had a few scrapes but no serious injuries.

California's Central Coast received nearly an inch of rain and valley areas around Los Angeles got more than a quarter-inch thanks to a weak cold front that also brought gusty winds.