Dehydrated Hiker Dies After Being Rescued from Lykken Trail

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One hiker is dead and another hospitalized after becoming dehydrated and overheated on a hiking trail in Palm Springs.

According to a release from The Palm Springs Police, at 10:18 a.m., a 911 call came in from a man on the South Lykken Trail. He told authorities that he and his wife could no longer hike due to overheating and dehydration. He also said that his wife had become unconscious.

Air units located the hikers on the South Lykken Trail, in the mountains northwest of the intersection of South Palm Canyon Drive and Murray Canyon Drive. A CAL FIRE helicopter airlifted the 56-year-old female directly to a local hospital in critical condition.  She later died at the hospital.

The 59-year-old male hiker was taken by air to a nearby area before being transported to a local hospital by ambulance where he is now in stable condition.

Both hikers were visiting the area from Scotland.  Their names have not been released.

Police advise anyone looking to hike this time of year to be well-hydrated and in good physical condition before beginning the hike and carry several liters of water for each hiker. They should always tell a friend where they are going, dress appropriately in bright colors (not green, brown or black) and carry a cell phone with a strong battery.