A San Bernardino County sheriff’s aviation crew rescued a man who became trapped in a steep canyon at Mount Baldy on Sunday afternoon.
Michael Patchen, 48, of Marina del Rey, hiked up Falls Road from Manker Flats about 9 a.m. He hiked to Baldy Notch, then proceeded to Mount Baldy Summit by taking the Devil’s Backbone trail, reaching the summit about noon, according to a sheriff’s press release.
During his descent down Baldy Bowl, Patchen accidentally strayed from the trail, entering Good Canyon. Unable to climb out of the canyon, he used his GPS tracking device, InReach, to signal for help.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Fontana station and the sheriff’s aviation division responded. A flight crew located Patchen and hoisted him to safety. Patchen was medically evaluated and provided food and water.
The Sheriff’s Department and the West Valley Serch and Rescue Team said they would like to remind all hikers to have the “10 essentials” with them while hiking, including appropriate clothing, food and water.