Three Hikers Rescued at Islip Saddle

One of three hikers that needed rescue from Montrose Search and Rescue Saturday was injured after falling 300 feet down an ice chute.

Montrose Search and Rescue and Air 5 rescued three hikers who fell 300 feet down an ice shute at Islip Saddle (near where Angeles Crest Highway and Highway 39 meet) Saturday, according to Lieutenant Angela Shepherd of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.

The rescue occurred at about 1:15 p.m. and one of the hikers was injured.

Patch will update this story with more information if available.

ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 06, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Well< they were warned..I SLIP turned out to be true....An ice chute...it sounds like a great ride.
MtnManMike January 07, 2013 at 05:02 AM
I SLIP...Good one, Robert...
not Carl Peterson lll January 07, 2013 at 07:59 AM
Hey Mtnmanmike, and anyone with knowledge of the following If your life matches your name, perhaps you can help me with something. Directly above lake st. is the fire break on the ridge. And I am saying directly above Lake, not going through the cobb estate. I have taken that to about the 3100 ft. level. That is about 220 ft. shy of Mt. lowe road (name taken off of google earth). But the space between looks impossible. Just a bunch of golfball size rocks with nothing to grab any traction, at an almost verticle climb. I have heard people do this. I don't know how, and no way....Do you know that slice of land?
Dave Benson January 07, 2013 at 04:50 PM
i hope this comment doesn't appear twice. When you get to the cliff, backtrack about 100' and look for a faint use trail going off to the left. It crosses a gully then hits Mt Lowe Rd near Sierra Saddle.
Nicole Charky (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 04:58 PM
@MtnManMike - We've had a couple readers make that joke! I've never been up there myself.
not Carl Peterson lll January 07, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Thanks Dave. I noticed that, (almost) a trail, and tried it from the top side. I got a little uneasy about 60% through it. flashbacks from eaton c. Razor back as a teen). I will give it another look. While we are on it, have you ever gone high up Eaton canyon via henninger flats? It looks like two different paths. One is directly north of HF, and a trail maybe a mile further up the toll road. Any knowledge of these?
MtnManMike January 08, 2013 at 02:42 PM
After forty years of hiking, biking, and even motorcycling in the front range, I can honestly say that going off-trail isn't the best idea. Because of the unpredictability of the decomposed granite, and the angle of the slopes, you could be looking for trouble. Another factor is the brush. San Gabriel chapperal has been cutting explorers to ribbons for centuries! There are plenty of places where an experienced outdoorsman can "get away from it all" by taking an overland route. The front range of the Angeles Forest is not one of them. Many goat paths lead to extreme drops, and can quickly trap you. Even the established trails can get sketchy. Why risk a rescue when there is probably a trail within a few hundred feet? I save my adventurous energy for something with a big payoff. I hate to be a buzzkill, but I would also hate to read another story about someone needing to be rescued, or even worse, getting killed while going off trail.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 08, 2013 at 03:15 PM
good counsel> I would still like to know if any ruins of Mt Lowe telescope and housing
Lorraine Pozniak January 08, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I guess these hikers figured, "I slip, I fall, I get rescued...No biggie.." When I saw "Islip Saddle", I actually thought of Islip, NY, which is on Long Island.
not Carl Peterson lll January 08, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Hey Mntnman, That's why I never completed that connection.
not Carl Peterson lll January 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Robert. In the late 60's one could find pieces of things, plates some silverware, and such if you looked around. Although I don't hunt for treasure, I am pretty sure nothing is left except what is officially left and anchored. Even is their is something left it is not left for private covetting.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 10, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Buzz: I have posted this before. In the mid 50's, a friend of mine and me hiked in from off the Mt Wilson road..pretty close to the top. As I recall, there was a semblence of a trail and after about a mile, we came to a substantial tunnel, which we walked through. Finally we came to subastantial ruins, including a still standing wall that was at least two stories high. Lots of cable and copper electrical connections. I still wonder what that might have been.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 10, 2013 at 11:12 PM
MtN Man .Buzz and others of kindred spirit: First I retract my counter re shallow grave near wreck...The responder was right. It is fascinating to me to read from sites about old plane wrecks in S. Cal. There is a group that are obsessed at visiting old wreck sites Many of these required much research to find. Many of these are from world war 2 planes and young pilots. Many of these were from flying in bad weather. There were a ton of crashes on Mt Baldy and around Mt Wilson. .Due to the passion of restoring old fighter craft, there is a frantic search for parts, even to the point of hiring big copters lifting pieces of old wrecks found in canyons. One crash that obsesses people is the crash that killed Carol Lombard in her return fund raising trip. The pilot was supposed to land for refuel at another place, but was diverted to Las Vegas. The pilot forgot to account for the new angle of approach to L.A, and the new take off point put him in line with a high Mtn Peak. The plane flew into a vertical rocky face..only about three hundred feet higher, and they would have made it. Many pieces of plane have been taken, but larger pieces remain. Also small bone fragments! Lombards ring finger with a huge diamond ring from Clark Gable, was severed and never found. The plane hit the face and the wreckage fell into a canyon below. The cracks in the face still contain popped rivets.
MtnManMike January 11, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Robert, that sounds like Mt. Lowe campground. The road from the top begins at Eaton Saddle, and heads West, through a tunnel, and all the way down to Altadena. Along the way, it passes by Inspiration Point and Ye Ol' Alpine Tavern, which is now the Mt Lowe Campground. The wall still stands, and I would guess that there may even be a few artifacts laying around below the ruins. I was up there a couple of weeks back, hiking in the snow. It's a lovely spot.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 11, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Mtnman: Very interesting and thank you.. On Dec 25, 1955, It was unusually warm in L,A, The Santa Anas were blowing. My Father and I decided to drive up the A.C.H. for something to do. We had gone quite aways up and we happened upon some rocks that had fallen onto the road and my Dad wanted to stop and pitch them over the side. I didn't want to and talked him out of it. We went up aways and turned around to come back down. We saw some cars pulled off to the side and we wondered what they were looking at, so we stopped too. A Buick had just gone over the side and the car was down a couple of hundred feet and lying on its top. Christmas Presents were strewn along its path down. One man had been ejected and was lying face up his arms were extended out and there was red on the big rock that his head was against. We learned the next day that five elderly people died in that wreck. It was the very same place where the rocks were on the road. We read the next day where five elderly people on the way to family in L,A. had been killed. I was indirectly responsible for the deaths of five people most likely. I think about that to this very day and I wonder if a rusted hulk of a 50's Buick is still down there. If you could get a hold of a Dec 26, 1955 L,A times, you would read about it. As much as you have hiked that area, it is possible you know about that car at the bottom of a steep drop off.
MtnManMike January 11, 2013 at 05:25 AM
There used to be an old car up in the Arroyo, just below the highway many years ago. Mud and debris have covered it up, but it's still down there. The trail is the Gabrielino, and it is about three miles up from JPL.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 11, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Mtnman>>>>Hummm..could be...if you mean three miles as the crow flies, it's possible....the two things that would nail it are a 50;s Buick on its top and facing the highway...also. a large boulder on passenger's side
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 11, 2013 at 06:24 AM
Mtnman...I don't know where you live right now. I would like to take one more trip out there, and I would like to meet you and for us to take some hikes in the Angeles. I also was into motorcycles in late 50's and I rode the Crest many times. Back then, few motorcyles on Crest. No crazies. Back then, not much of a Japanese invasion of bikes..many English bikes. I had a 56 Triumph and a 54 BSA Golden Flash; beautiful bike..black trimmed in gold. Not sure, but I think the Station Fire burned Chilao and Charleton area. So sad, many pleasant memories of family picnics there. I used to ride up there just to listen to the wind in the pines and escape the smog. Coming back down, I swear, you could turn a corner and the air changed from piney air to sulphurous air. A bunch of us Clark Jr High kids went hiking up to Mt Lukens. Much of the time, we were wading through brush Our group seperated into two groups. My group was ahead of the lower group and. Larry Lethcoe brought his bow and arrows and shot an arrow up and in our direction....We hit the dirt until it landed.Precious mems...Bob fishbackrobert@gtmail.com


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