Night Rescue on Angel's Fright Route, Tahquitz Rock

The climbers were reported missing at 8:16 p.m. Saturday on or near the Angel's Fright route and were located at 11:35 p.m.

Rock-climbing rescue volunteers and sheriff's personnel responded Saturday night to Tahquitz Rock, the 800-foot rock dome that towers above Idyllwild, and helped bring down two people who called for help and said they were lost.

The sheriff's department and a Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit coordinator both reported the two individuals were on or near Angel's Fright, a multi-pitch climb above Lunch Rock.

The sheriff's department called the two "hikers" and the rescue coordinator referred to them as "possible climbers."

The sheriff's department issued a press release this morning, attributed to sheriff's Sgt. Robert Himmelberg.

"On August 20, 2011, at 2016 hours, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department responded to the area of the Angels Fright Trail near Humber Park in the unincorporated area of Riverside County near Idyllwild after two hikers telephoned dispatch and reported they were lost.

"The Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit responded to the scene and began a search. At 2335 hours, the hikers were found and escorted to safety. The hikers were uninjured and did not require medical attention," Himmelberg wrote.

"Anyone with information about this incident can call Sergeant Robert Himmelberg at the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Hemet Station at (951) 791-3400."


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