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East County News Service

Photo via San Diego County Sheriff's Department

April 11, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – For the second time in just over a week, an emergency crew had to rescue an injured hiker off the trail to Three Sisters Falls in the Cleveland National Forest near Julian.

On Saturday, April 9th, a woman fell from a rope installed by hikers to rappel down a steep stretch of trail, injuring her leg.  A caller directed rescuers to the site, where San Diego County Copter 10 performed a hoist extraction and air lifted the woman to a waiting ambulance, however she was treated on scene and declined to be transported to a hospital, according to Capt. Isaac Sanchez with Cal Fire.

On April 1st, Copter 10 made a similar rescue in the identical location.  The copter is operated jointly by Cal Fire and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

The trail to Three Sisters Falls, though beautiful, is among the most difficult and steep in our region, with loose gravel, the rope rappel section, and little shade.  If you hike this trail, wear hiking books, bring plenty of water and a fully charged cell phone.


Photo via Miriam Raftery