1 Hiker Dies, Several Others Hurt in Falls Near Mount Baldy: Authorities

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A surveyor works on Mt. Baldy Road in January 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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A 45-year-old hiker died Saturday after falling about 1,500 feet down a mountainside from a trail near Mt. Baldy, authorities said.

During the weekend, at least two others were injured after sliding several hundred feet down the mountainside from nearby trails.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, a helicopter rescue crew from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department arrived at Mt. Harwood, just east of Mt. Baldy.

The man, a resident of San Diego, was hiking on the north-facing side of Mt. Harwood near the Devil’s Backbone trail when he fell about 1,500 feet down a “very narrow, steep ice chute,” said sheriff’s Cpl. Mike Ells, who was in the helicopter for the rescue.

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