Lost hiker airlifted to safety from Indian Canyons in Palm Springs

Murray Canyon Hike in Indian Canyons in Palm Springs

A hiker was airlifted to safety Friday evening from the Eagle Canyon area of the Indian Canyons in Palm Spring after the hiker called 9-1-1 reporting he was lost.

The call came in to dispatch about 4:50 pm, according to the Palm Springs Police Department. The Palm Springs Mounted Police Search and Rescue Unit was activated and responded to the area, bear South Palm Canyon and Bogert Trail).

Shortly after arriving on scene, members from the Palm Springs Mounted Police Search and Rescue Unit located the hiker and coordinated with a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol to airlift the hiker from the mountain.

The hiker was uninjured and was airlifted to a designated landing area where rescue personnel was waiting.

From the Palm Springs Police Department:

The Indian Canyons is a 56-square mile area that includes more than 60 miles of trails. It is a popular hiking destination and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world every year. Law Enforcement and The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Tribal Rangers who work in the Canyons encourage visitors to wear appropriate clothing for the conditions, pack plenty of water, have a fully charged cell phone, stay on trails and allow enough time to return to trail-heads well before closing time. In addition hikers should tell a friend or family member details of the hike, including the name and location of the trail and estimated return time.