Three Hikers Rescued at Islip Saddle

One of three hikers that needed rescue from Montrose Search and Rescue Saturday was injured after falling 300 feet down an ice chute.

Montrose Search and Rescue and Air 5 rescued three hikers who fell 300 feet down an ice shute at Islip Saddle (near where Angeles Crest Highway and Highway 39 meet) Saturday, according to Lieutenant Angela Shepherd of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station.

The rescue occurred at about 1:15 p.m. and one of the hikers was injured.

Patch will update this story with more information if available.

MtnManMike January 11, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Robert, that sounds like Mt. Lowe campground. The road from the top begins at Eaton Saddle, and heads West, through a tunnel, and all the way down to Altadena. Along the way, it passes by Inspiration Point and Ye Ol' Alpine Tavern, which is now the Mt Lowe Campground. The wall still stands, and I would guess that there may even be a few artifacts laying around below the ruins. I was up there a couple of weeks back, hiking in the snow. It's a lovely spot.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 11, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Mtnman: Very interesting and thank you.. On Dec 25, 1955, It was unusually warm in L,A, The Santa Anas were blowing. My Father and I decided to drive up the A.C.H. for something to do. We had gone quite aways up and we happened upon some rocks that had fallen onto the road and my Dad wanted to stop and pitch them over the side. I didn't want to and talked him out of it. We went up aways and turned around to come back down. We saw some cars pulled off to the side and we wondered what they were looking at, so we stopped too. A Buick had just gone over the side and the car was down a couple of hundred feet and lying on its top. Christmas Presents were strewn along its path down. One man had been ejected and was lying face up his arms were extended out and there was red on the big rock that his head was against. We learned the next day that five elderly people died in that wreck. It was the very same place where the rocks were on the road. We read the next day where five elderly people on the way to family in L,A. had been killed. I was indirectly responsible for the deaths of five people most likely. I think about that to this very day and I wonder if a rusted hulk of a 50's Buick is still down there. If you could get a hold of a Dec 26, 1955 L,A times, you would read about it. As much as you have hiked that area, it is possible you know about that car at the bottom of a steep drop off.
MtnManMike January 11, 2013 at 05:25 AM
There used to be an old car up in the Arroyo, just below the highway many years ago. Mud and debris have covered it up, but it's still down there. The trail is the Gabrielino, and it is about three miles up from JPL.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 11, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Mtnman>>>>Hummm..could be...if you mean three miles as the crow flies, it's possible....the two things that would nail it are a 50;s Buick on its top and facing the highway...also. a large boulder on passenger's side
ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 11, 2013 at 06:24 AM
Mtnman...I don't know where you live right now. I would like to take one more trip out there, and I would like to meet you and for us to take some hikes in the Angeles. I also was into motorcycles in late 50's and I rode the Crest many times. Back then, few motorcyles on Crest. No crazies. Back then, not much of a Japanese invasion of bikes..many English bikes. I had a 56 Triumph and a 54 BSA Golden Flash; beautiful bike..black trimmed in gold. Not sure, but I think the Station Fire burned Chilao and Charleton area. So sad, many pleasant memories of family picnics there. I used to ride up there just to listen to the wind in the pines and escape the smog. Coming back down, I swear, you could turn a corner and the air changed from piney air to sulphurous air. A bunch of us Clark Jr High kids went hiking up to Mt Lukens. Much of the time, we were wading through brush Our group seperated into two groups. My group was ahead of the lower group and. Larry Lethcoe brought his bow and arrows and shot an arrow up and in our direction....We hit the dirt until it landed.Precious mems...Bob fishbackrobert@gtmail.com


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