Injured Hiker Rescued at Escondido Falls

This is the second rescue in as many weeks at Escondido Falls in Malibu.

A woman who broke her ankle at the top of Escondido Falls in Malibu was rescued Sunday.

The woman called for help about 11:30 a.m. Sunday from the top of Escondido Falls, according to the L.A. County Fire Dispatch.

L.A. County Fire Copter 12 hoisted the man to safety.

Members of Malibu Search and Rescue (SAR) also responded to Escondido Falls, according to David Katz, public information officer for Malibu SAR.

Two weeks ago, a child fell 50 feet from Escondido Falls, but he was not seriously hurt.

Susan Burger March 04, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I love Escondido Falls. Its a lovely 20 minute stroll. The second part up to the second falls is rather dangerous now due to its popularity the trail has really been degraded. The descent path is supposed to be the same one taken to climb up but someone tied a rope to a tree and started the trend to go down a different route. This unfortunately has caused a land slide of gravel and boulders that have since filled in the lower pond. In the recent past friends and I rode our horses into this pond for them to cool off before the ride home. It is no longer possible as it is now a gravel pit. If someone is on the trail making this descent and you are down by this "pond" you will be hit in the head with rocks as my horse and I have been several times. If whoever is in charge of this trail would simply install some native shrubs to block this alternate route and remove the rope and a sign directing hikers to the correct path the pond could then be restored. This erosion of the upper trail has caused mature trees to lean precariously down the side of the hill with their roots exposed. I've actually climbed to the top of the face of the upper falls. It was great, but I noticed there were giant screws drilled into the rocks with rescue straps attached. People have actually fallen to their death from this point. It was a dangerous climb. Ignorance is bliss! Needless to say, I won't make that climb again. The trail os for all to enjoy so it must be maintained for safety.
lw March 07, 2013 at 09:14 PM
A lot of families with toddlers like to use Escondido Falls. We used to take our kids when they were little tikes to Escondido as well as the end of Bonsall. These "wuss" trails are great for young families whose little ones are hiking on their own two feet. They're also good for athletes recovering from a major injury.
lw March 07, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Jessica, thanks for keeping me informed! I'm grateful for your efforts.
lw March 07, 2013 at 09:19 PM
The MRCA is responsible for maintaining this trail. The rangers try to remove the ubiquitous rope that keeps showing up year after year. You can send suggestions on trail improvements or safety enhancements to: Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority 570 West Avenue 26, Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90065 Tel: (323) 221-9944 Fax: (323) 221-9934
Susan Tellem March 22, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Someone died today in Eaton Canyon hiking. Note that there is a safety video for this recreation area - we should have one for Escondido Falls as well. The Council should demand one to protect hikers here. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Eaton-Canyon-Hikers-Injured-199580601.html


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