LOS ANGELES — Following the death of the second hiker in a week and after a dozen injured hikers had to be hoisted off Mount Baldy, officials have closed the popular trails.
Dong Xing Liu, 47, was the latest person to die on the trails when he slipped and fell in the Icehouse Saddle area Saturday, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s website. His death comes only four days after 23-year-old Daniel Nguyen fell about 1,500 feet to his death on Feb. 2 while trying to help a friend who has slipped during a hike on the Devil’s Backbone trail.
In Saturday’s incident, Liu’s wife was also injured and hospitalized in unknown condition.
The Mount Baldy Fire Department shut down the popular hiking trail after about a dozen injured hikers had to be airlifted from the trail on Saturday alone, according to a Twitter post. Since Friday, about two dozen people have been flown out of the mountain area due to hiking incidents, officials said.
Jason Lopez, 35, of Huntington Beach, is still recovering from various injuries, including head trauma, after he slipped on the icy and treacherous terrain on Jan. 23, while hiking up Timber Mountain with his brother-in-law.
The trail conditions must be evaluated before they can be reopened, according to Mount Baldy Fire Department officials.