Southern California hikers rescued from frigid mountain area

Missing hikers are found, airlifted from local mountains

Four hikers who were reported missing overnight near Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge have been found, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said Tuesday.

The hikers were found before 8 a.m. unharmed and were airlifted out by a Sheriff’s Department helicopter and will be reunited with family, said Lt. Randy Tuinstra.

A family member reported the four missing to the Altadena sheriff's station Monday night, said Sgt. Brian Mann. The three men and one woman, described as avid hikers, were reportedly trekking around the Switzer Falls area Monday afternoon, according to NBC4.

The search was launched about 3 a.m. Tuesday after the group’s car was found in a parking lot near the Switzer campground, Tuinstra said.

The area is popular because of a waterfall in Arroyo Seco Canyon in the Angeles National Forest. Temperatures dropped to the low 30s overnight in the area’s upper elevations.

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UPDATE

9:20 a.m.: This article has been updated to report that the hikers had been found.

This article was originally published at 7:19 a.m.

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