Redlands woman rescued after hiking to San Gorgonio Peak alone near Forest Falls
San Bernardino County sheriff’s helicopter crews had to hoist-rescue a Redlands woman after she became disoriented and lost while hiking to the summit of San Gorgonio Mountain Saturday alone near Forest Falls.
Bethany Sloan, 32, was found Sunday morning by sheriff’s AR306 after she spent a chilly night in the wilderness, according to sheriff’s officials.
Sloan and a friend a set out early Saturday morning for a day hike up Vivian Creek Trail in Forest Falls and were going to try reach the San Gorgonio Summit, officials said. At 11,503 feet, it’s the tallest peak in Southern California.
Sometime during the hike, Sloan’s friend became tired and turned back but she continued alone and managed to reach the summit around 1 p.m., according to authorities.
“When Sloan reached the summit and prepared to descend, a weather system set in which caused her to become disorientated,” according to the sheriff’s statement. “Sloan continued her descent and lost her way on the trail.”
Around 3 p.m., Sloan activated her personal alert system which notified her family members she was lost, officials said. Family then contacted sheriff’s officials and reported her missing.
Authorities immediately requested the Yucaipa Search and Rescue team along with the sheriff’s aviation team to help with the search.
During the aerial search, the weather degraded forcing the aviation team to stop searching for the 32-year-old woman, according to the news release, but SAR members continued to search for her on foot through the night and into Sunday morning.
Sunday morning, the aviation team was again called in and after more searching the found the woman safe at the top of a waterfall, but precariously perched on a small ledge, officials said.
The rescue crews hoisted Sloan to safety. She was not hut during the hike or the rescue and no rescue personnel were injured either, officials said.