Hikers Rescued from Tunnel Trail

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Hikers Rescued from Tunnel Trail
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Update by Search & Rescue (SBCSAR)

SBCSAR responded [Tuesday] afternoon for two hikers that became lost near the Rock Garden, above the City of Santa Barbara and adjacent to Tunnel Trail. The hikers had started from the top of Tunnel Trail on East Camino Cielo at about 9 in the morning. They proceeded down to the Tunnel connecter trail that then lead back up towards the Rock Garden Trail. These trails around the Rock Garden area, just south of White Mountain, are not maintained trails and sections are often overgrown. In the process of trying to stay on the trail, the pair ended up in dense brush. Tired and lost, they contacted Sheriff’s Dispatch for assistance.

Nine members of Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue responded at a little before 1 pm. Copter 1 from the County Air Support Unit also responded. While the GPS pings provided the general area, Copter 1 located the hikers and talked the field teams into their location. The field teams escorted the hikers to Gibraltar Road and transported them to their vehicle.

 


Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Thanks to our Search and Rescue Team for helping two lost hikers [Tuesday]. The hikers started from the top of Tunnel Trail on East Camino Cielo at about 9 [Tuesday] morning. They headed down to the connector that then leads back up towards the Rock Garden Trail. In the process of trying to stay on the trail, they ended up in dense brush. Tired and essentially lost, they contacted Sheriff's Dispatch for assistance.

Nine members of Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue responded at a little before 1 pm. Copter 1 from the County Air Support Unit also responded. Copter 1 located the hikers and the field teams than escorted the hikers to Gibraltar Road and transported them to their vehicle. It was a great team effort.

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PitLocal Dec 13, 2018 09:46 AM
Hikers Rescued from Tunnel Trail

I have hiked those trails quite a bit in recent weeks. Yes, they are confusing, especially the Rock Garden Trail, which is not much more than a deer track running up the hillside.

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