A man who became separated from his adult son during a hike in the Angeles National Forest, prompting an extensive search effort, spent the night at a campground and called authorities Monday to say he had been given a ride home by a passing motorist.
Searchers began looking for the man after he became separated from his son while hiking near the trailhead around the Angeles Crest (2) Highway and Mount Wilson Road on Sunday, Lt. Mark Lopez of the Crescenta Valley sheriff’s station said.
“The son wanted to hike higher and dad said he’d meet him back at the car at the bottom,” Lopez said.
The son contacted the sheriff’s department about 6 p.m. Sunday to say his father was not at the car when he returned, the lieutenant said.
Search-and-rescue teams looked for the man until 2 a.m. Monday and suspended the search because it became too foggy, Lopez said. The search resumed after daybreak in the remote area, where cell phone service is poor, authorities said.
About 9:30 a.m., the man called the sheriff’s department and reported that he had spent the night at a campground and had flagged down a motorist, who had given him a ride to Los Angeles after daybreak, said sheriff’s Lt. Gary Harman of the Crescenta Valley Station. The man, whose name was not released, was in good condition, Harman said.