Hiking Duo Rescued After Getting Lost Near Idyllwild

Two hikers were found huddled together on a rock, and escorted to safety near a trail in the San Jacinto Mountains.

A group of volunteers helped rescue two hikers who got lost while hiking near Idyllwild, sheriff's officials said Monday.

The two men were hiking on Sunday on a trail near Humber Park when they lost their way and called the sheriff's department for help, sheriff's Sergeant John Morin said.

"The hiker advised he and his partner were lost and needed assistance down the trail to their vehicle," Morin said.

That call was placed at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and the hikers were found early Monday morning by the volunteer organization Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU).

"Just after midnight, members of RMRU located Brian Wong and David Wilmer huddled on a large rock," Morin said.  "They were cold, but unharmed and subsequently escorted to safety."

Humber Park is about 6,500 feet elevation between Tahquitz Rock on the east and Suicide Rock on the west, above the mountain towns of Idyllwild and Pine Cove, which are home to about 3,800 residents.

Idyllwild is in the San Jacinto Mountains, south of the San Gorgonio Pass and about 110 miles driving distance from Los Angeles.


Mariana Zuelsdorf October 23, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Dang, people, think before you climb!! The desert can get bitterly cold, especially at night or when a storm is brewing. Wear appropriate layered clothing, take a blanket or tent, water, food, and make absolutely sure your cell phone will work and is fully charged Expect every possibility and then hope it doesn't happen.
Ben October 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Every hike/run shop sells portable GPS systems. Some around $100, too. Take away the fee for the adventure pass, and tell people to buy one of these things. Save a ton of money on rescues, probably more cost efficient all around.
Mariana Zuelsdorf October 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Ben, good idea! I think it should be mandatory for any hiker, in any of our local mountains, to carry a GPS unit. I have an AT&T cell phone and it barely works in Banning. It would not work on the mountain. Someone must pay for those rescues, and I sure hope it's not the taxpayers!


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