Six hikers were involved in an avalanche while hiking up Baldy Bowl, on Mount Baldy, northeast of Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday morning. One of the hikers was injured. The other hikers were able to provide emergency first aid to stop the bleeding and call 911. Total numbers of people caught, carried and partially buried are still being determined.
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Based on the hiker’s location obtained from the original contact, the subject was located in the Baldy Bowl about four hundred feet above the Sierra Hut (aka the green hut or ski hut), at about 8,500-feet.
Due to the subject’s remote location, the only access was by helicopter or hiking. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s department attempted to hoist the subject, but due to the weather, a hoist was too dangerous.
The injured hiker was at the San Antonio waterfall overlook (0.5 miles from Manker Flats parking lot) when SAR members reached him. By then, additional emergency services, such as AMR and Baldy fire, were staged at the Manker Flats parking lot, waiting to evaluate and assist with the hiker’s injuries.
We understand accidents happen even with the most experienced mountaineer/hiker. We still urge the public to please have avalanche awareness training before traversing in high-risk snow-covered areas. Rapidly changing weather conditions add to the dangers in places such as the Baldy Bowl area.
Winter 20/21 is on course to be the deadliest avalanche season in US history. 33 people have been killed in avalanches so far this season.