ALTADENA ( — Two hikers and their dog were safely rescued early Monday morning after being lost in the Angeles National Forest.

The 22-year-old man and 21-year-old woman started a hike around 4 p.m. Sunday near Rubio Canyon, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

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They called 911 around 11:30 p.m. when they became lost on an unfamiliar trail in the darkness.

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Search crews were able to make voice contact with the pair and led them, along with their dog Cheerios, out to safety around 2 a.m., officials said.

Authorities warn residents to always prepare for the unexpected when enjoying the outdoors. An LASD Search and Rescue Hiking Plan sheet should be filled out before a hiking/camping expedition.

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