LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A boy scout master fell 20 feet off a trail Saturday while hiking with his  troop in the Angeles National Forest, sheriff’s officials said.

It happened at about 2:15 p.m. on Bear Canyon Trail, just two miles south of Switzer Falls, said Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

The 50-year-old scout master, who was hiking with a scout troop of six boys, fell about 20 feet onto a bed of rocks, Saldana said.

“(Rescuers) located the injured hiker very quickly thanks to his scout troop who swung a large mylar tarp to alert the aircraft of their location,” Saldana said in a statement.

The man was airlifted to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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Comments (5)
  1. Wow says:

    An airlift for minor injuries??

  2. Timothy McGarry says:

    Al Bundy- Scout Master

  3. Karen says:

    Thank goodness he is all right. Why not an airlift? He fell on to rocks. I can’t imagine a vehicle getting down there to him.

    He is a Boy Scout Master so we should give him a good deed for the day.

    Timothy, God will get you for that one.

  4. Jean says:

    My husband had a heart attack and fell 50 feet off of Mt. Baldy and was airlifter to Loma Linda Hospital. No broken bones and he is doing just fine.

  5. FFL says:

    I used to hike Bear Canyon to Switzer Falls all the time when I was in Crescenta Vally Boy scouts (a long time ago). We were warned repeatedly about how dangerous that trail was to unwary hikers and day walkers. I see it claimed another victim. I read someplace that this section of Angeles Crest has a very high percentage of hiking injuries.

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