Hiker Rescue on Romero Canyon Trail

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By the edhat staff

Two hikers in distress on Romero Canyon Trail called for emergency assistance late Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 5 p.m. today, Montecito firefighters and Satna Barbara County Search & Rescue were dispatched to the trail as the hikers began to feel symptoms of heat exhaustion, found shade and called for help.

One of the hikers, a 24-year-old woman, was hoisted out by a Search & Rescue helicopter then taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. The other hiker was assessed by first responders and was able to walk down the trail with assistance from firefighters and Search & Rescue.

The Montecito Fire Department reminds hikers that during this warm weather, everyone needs to hydrate appropriately and choose to recreate outside during cooler periods of the day. 

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ZeroHawk Aug 18, 2022 03:27 PM
Hiker Rescue on Romero Canyon Trail

and you make some rude snarky post shgaming and berating those who made a mistake and needed help. See, this is the problem with being in SAR, we don't cherry pick who we help. Whether it's you or a 23 year old college coed that didn't think clearly about heat, we still show up to save you. Your name/handle here really does reflect on your demeanor. Cranky. Old. Fart.

a-1660834486 Aug 18, 2022 07:54 AM
Hiker Rescue on Romero Canyon Trail

Situational awareness and common sense are important; I highly recommend them. A Flex Alert was called yesterday -- that is an indication of a very hot day. Maybe not the best day to go hiking, especially in the hottest part of the day.

ZeroHawk Aug 18, 2022 03:25 PM
Hiker Rescue on Romero Canyon Trail

morons? because they needed some help? I'll remember that when i get a call to come rescue your sorry cranky rearend. do not shame others for needing help.

ZeroHawk Aug 18, 2022 09:46 AM
Hiker Rescue on Romero Canyon Trail

bravo! Thanks to the fellow SAR team for reaching them and assisting. Glad everyone is ok. Yesterday's weather was odd. Mixes of cold and hot, windy and calm. Santa Barbara has more microclimates than anywhere else on the globe that i've been to. My neighborhood can reach scorching temps in the 80s, i walk one block away, it's 15degrees cooler. Temps at a trail head will be lower than temps higher up, especially if you breach the cloud/fog barrier. We always do our best to prepare ourselves, but nature is nature and she can sure be a PIA when she wants to be, but we should respect her. <3

mm1970 Aug 18, 2022 11:18 AM
Hiker Rescue on Romero Canyon Trail

This is very true. I went for a run on Saturday morning, and my phone says that it was 66F. Well, no actually, it was nearly 80 at the beach, thankyouverymuch.

For sure, this time of year, you just DON'T go hiking in the foothills unless you are used to hiking in the foothills. Start with easy...Elings, More Mesa, Douglas Preserve, Ennisbrook, Carpinteria Bluffs, Ellwood. Graduate to San Marcos preserve, San Antonio Creek Trail.

THEN consider the foothills.

montecito_matt Aug 19, 2022 07:57 AM
Hiker Rescue on Romero Canyon Trail

So thankful for our SAR volunteers and first responders, I've seen and talked to them on the trails, first class folks doing the right thing in our community. I support SAR (non-profit 501c3) with a donation every year and encourage others to do the same.

lovesbalot Aug 20, 2022 02:58 PM
Hiker Rescue on Romero Canyon Trail

Thanks Zerohawk for the wonderful rescues. And I appreciate your empathy for all hikers who may not have been prepared fully. Temps are getting higher and misjudging the heat is something that happens. Mr Getoffmylawn aka( cranky pants) may one day call on you when he misjudges the heat or length of a hike or perhaps one of his loved ones. I am grateful that there are kind , trained volunteers like you who literally save lives and do it with grace and compassion.

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