A helicopter rescue crew was responding to a hiker who needed help on a trail near Palm Desert Saturday.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the hiker requested assistance at about 3 p.m. from the Cross Loop Trail in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

Firefighters were able to reach the hiker by foot but requested a Riverside County sheriff’s helicopter crew to hoist the hiker off the trail.

It was not immediately clear why the hiker needed help.

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