October 3, 2013: Missing Hiker - The Pinnacles, Lake Arrowhead

J. Gaul flying to a remote search assignment. Photo by Antonio M. Arizo

10/03/13, Thursday 05:00 – 10/05/13, Saturday, 20:00 Hours

A male German national in his 60's was attending a conference in the Lake Arrowhead area in the San Bernardino mountains. The conference offered a guided hike to The Pinnacles rock formation north of Lake Arrowhead on Tuesday, 10/1/13. The subject had fallen behind and became separated from the group. The local San Bernardino teams started searching for the subject Tuesday night and continued through Wednesday.

The East Valley along with members of the Fillmore and Upper Ojai Mountain Teams were requested to assist on Thursday, 10/3/13. The search operation became a major mutual aid call with teams from throughout Southern California responding. The search area included large boulders and thick brush. Some members were inserted deep into the search area via helicopters. The Ventura teams assisted on the search for three days. There was no sign of the missing subject. The search operations was scaled back on Sunday, 10/6/13, with the local teams periodically searching the area.

View photos from the search.