Watch as 6 hikers in hoodies airlifted off Mount Baldy just days after woman's body recovered from same spot

Helicopter rescue on Mt Baldy
Video from the rescue shows the hikers walking single file towards a helicopter (Image credit: LA Sheriff's Department)

Six hikers have been airlifted from near the summit of Mount Baldy just days after a missing hiker's body was recovered from the same mountain.

Video from the LA Sheriff's Department posted to X, which you can watch below, shows the group of hikers walking single file across the snow towards a helicopter, each with a hand on the shoulder of the hiker in front. The post says the hikers were "stuck" in the snow on Bear Canyon Trail and unable to continue.

Mount Baldy was buried in snow last week as the result of two atmospheric river which brought catastrophic flooding to LA and San Francisco, and a winter storm further inland. A 22-year-old hiker from El Monte, Lisei Huang, disappeared on the mountain during that storm, her body recovered over the weekend.

The video shows sunny skies but lots of snow remaining at 9,000 feet where the hikers were rescued, and some of the hikers appear to be dressed in cotton hoodies and be hiking with bare hands, rather than wearing hiking layers such as a waterproof shell to block the wind and insulate at high altitude.

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What makes Mount Baldy so dangerous?

Mount Baldy, which is officially known as Mount San Antonio, is a prominent peak on the border of Los Angeles and San Bernardino in California.  As the highest point in the San Gabriel Mountains, it is a popular challenge for adventurous hikers and trail runners. Though in summer conditions, Mount Baldy is not a technical hike, it is a very strenuous one. However, winter conditions can turn it into a difficult mountaineering prospect, requiring the use of an ice axe and crampons

Last year, actor Julian Sands, a keen mountaineer, disappeared during a winter storm on the mountain. His remains were not discovered until June, 2023. Learn more in our article on what makes Mount Baldy so dangerous.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.