Updated: Woman Critically Injured at Eaton Canyon

Two women needed rescue after an apparent fall that critically injured one on Monday.

Update: Mike Leum, Assistant Director and Reserve Chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue, told Patch the injured woman was transported via ground ambulance and not helicopter, as a LASD press release had mentioned.

Update from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department:

On Monday, November 26, 2012, at approximately 5:45 P.M., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department personnel assigned to the Altadena Search and Rescue Team were deployed to Eaton Canyon Falls to search for two female residents of Alhambra who sustained injuries while hiking in the Angeles National Forest.

The first hiker, who fell approximately 30 feet, sustained what appeared to be two broken femurs, as well as significant head injuries. She was rescued from the canyon by members of the Search and Rescue team and airlifted to a local hospital by a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter.

The second hiker, who sustained only minor injuries during the hike, was treated at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics. She was released at the scene.

Both hikers are expected to make a full recovery.


Two Alhambra women in their 20s were injured, one critically, in an apparent fall at an Eaton Canyon waterfall Monday. The exact circumstances of how the women were injured was not available.

"Unfortunately a lot of hikers underestimate mother nature," Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department said, pointing out that a number of hikers are injured in the canyon.

Los Angeles County paramedics and members of the Altadena Search and Rescue team were helping rescue the women, whose fall was reported about 5:30 p.m., Derderian said.

Derderian said about 7:30 p.m. that rescuers thought it would take them at least another 45 minutes to get the women out. Derderian said she thought the second woman's injuries were minor. It was too dark for a helicopter to hoist the women out of the canyon, so they were being taken out on gurneys, Derderian said.

not Carl Peterson lll November 28, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Hey uh...babyfarts..When did officials tell people not to go, thus making more people go? I am not saying it did or did not happen, I am just curious if you are thinking of a specific time, or event that it happened. Although people have been hiking over the deadly path forever, it does seem like many more the last few years.
Barbara Ellis November 28, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Officials didn't tell people not to go. It got on Yelp and other internet sites as a cool place to swim. Yelp have refused to remove the posts, photos, and videos of how to get there. The message that people have died or been seriously injured just isn't getting through. When two young girls asked me how to get to the second waterfall, I asked them if they knew about the deaths and injuries. Oh yes, they said, but we didn't think it was at this place. There's no warning at the place along the trail where the kids climb up, and I don't understand why, except maybe the person who posts a warning becomes liable?
not Carl Peterson lll November 29, 2012 at 07:40 AM
IN THE STAR NEWS TODAY --Wednesday... a bru ha about who rescued, and who transported ....I guess the behind the scenes story we never knew....
Katheen November 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
These idiot hikers, most of which it must be said are in their teens and 20s and nearly always injured attempting to climb the waterfall they shouldn't climb are going to ruin it all for the sane who like to hike to the BOTTOM of the falls and view the splendor of nature.
C. Norris November 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM
The main thing is that the victims were rescued and cared for. I can’t count how many times I have heard on the news and in the paper how the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team has been mentioned in the news rescuing people. I can tell you how many times I have seen or read how Pasadena Fire has been the only one rescuing people out of Eaton Canyon. I wonder how many times Pasadena Fire has left out the Sheriff’s dept. and everyone else just to boost their own image?


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