Missing Bikers


Four missing mountain bikers did not suffer any injuries from their unplanned overnight stay in the Angeles National Forest, said Lt. Angela Shepard.

“They were uninjured. They took a wrong turn and ended up in Bear Canyon instead of JPL [Jet Propulsion Laboratory],” Shepard said.

The four men had planned on biking from Mt. Wilson to JPL. Their wrong turn caused them to spend Monday night in ANF. They made a fire overnight to keep warm and were found by Sierra Madre Search and Rescue  on Tuesday morning.

The Altadena Sheriff’s Station received a call Sunday night reporting that the four men were over due.  Search and Rescue teams were called out.

“Altadena [Search and Rescue] received a call about 7 p.m. and they requested Montrose Search and Rescue to assist about 9 p.m.”said Mike Leum, member of MSR.

The teams searched for most of the night.

“We searched in the area we thought the [bikers] would likely be in, but there was not sign of them,” he said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Air Support assisted with the search as well.

The mountain bikers’ vehicles were found at the top and the bottom of the intended route.

The men were found at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, and were hiked out  by the search and rescue team to Switzer Falls and they were transported to Mt. Wilson where they met up with family, Shepard said.

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