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2 hikers found dead near Amboy Crater in the remote San Bernardino County desert

By in Press Enterprise on August 13, 2017

By Jim Steinberg

AMBOY>>Two hikers were found dead Saturday afternoon around the scorching Amboy Crater, an extinct cinder cone volcano halfway between Barstow and Needles where temperatures hit 104 degrees, authorities said.

At 1:36 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to the area of the Amboy Crater and National Trails Highway after receiving a report of two lost hikers, according to an email from San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller.

The pair, a man and a woman who are in their 50s or 60s, were found dead, Miller said.

Related: Learn more about the remote town of Amboy

The Amboy Crater is a barren, almost black geological structure that fascinates tourists – particularly those from Europe, said Manny Lopez, the manager of the Roy’s Motel Cafe & Gas Station on Saturday afternoon. Often, he said, hikers are unprepared for the heat.

The high in Amboy hit 104 degrees at 1:56 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures didn’t dip below triple-digits until about 7 p.m.

But, Lopez — a veteran explorer of the crater — said it’s not unusual for temperatures to soar 7 degrees hotter on the lava field.

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