Hiker Rescued at Inspiration Point

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Hiker Rescued at Inspiration Point
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Update by Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue
May 2, 2020

Yesterday afternoon SBCSAR responded with SBC Fire and AMR to a report of a dehydrated hiker on the Cathedral Peak Trail. The hiker was located near the GPS coordinates obtained from his phone while contacting emergency services.

The subject was provided additional fluids and assessed for their condition and ability to hike. After resting for a short time, it was determined that air evacuation was not going to be needed and Fire & SAR teams hiked the subject out from his location and back down the trail. 

Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue would like to remind those venturing onto the trails during this time to take plenty of water, food, a phone, sun protection, a map of the area and to hike within your ability and to stay on the trails. 

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
4:22 p.m., May 1, 2020
Medical call for a hiker in distress, dehydrated and injured, near Inspiration Point.
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kennydinsb May 02, 2020 05:20 AM
Hiker Rescued at Inspiration Point

Very crowded trail. What, couldn't ask anyone for water? Or.... bring enough water.
Before cell phones these things worked themselves out.

EastBeach May 02, 2020 11:22 AM
Hiker Rescued at Inspiration Point

Cathedral rarely gets "crowded" due to it's difficulty plus there are no signs or markers to get you up onto the foot of the ridge. Most of the time we'll see either nobody or a handful of small groups. In the past few years the *busiest* weekend we may have passed 6 or 7 small groups. Depends on time, weather and whether SBCC/UCSB are in session. I'll easily empty a 3 liter hydration bladder in warm temps up there. If you've never been up to the top before and don't know your conditioning, give yourself 5 or 6 hours to do the hike. Less if fit and you know the route.

a-1588460382 May 02, 2020 03:59 PM
Hiker Rescued at Inspiration Point

Yes, Jesusita trail that goes to Inspiration point can get crowded and has minimal elevation gains (it's all relative so I'm comparing it to Cathedral Peak trail above it). Anyone getting dehydrated on this trail would have a hard time getting across Costco too (it's THAT easy).

EastBeach May 02, 2020 10:53 AM
Hiker Rescued at Inspiration Point

For those who haven't done it, Cathedral Peak isn't really a "trail" like Inspiration, Rattlesnake, or Cold Spring. See that rocky ridge at the top of the second photo? Those rocks are what you have to climb/scramble to get up there (it's called the "Dragon's Back" - climb the ridge towards the left). You spend only a small fraction of time hiking on anything that looks like a "path" as in the first photo. Up on the ridge, some sections look like animal trails to no trail at all. So it's easy to get lost and you need to use route finding skills in places. Most of your time is spent on an unmaintained route. But it's an exhilarating climb that rewards those who are prepared and mentally/physically capable.

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