A hiker dies after falling from 700 feet in California, latest video shows walking in the dark
A 56-year-old Californian woman has fallen to her death trying to scale one of the most popular mountain trails in the Los Angeles area – the second person to die on the route in two weeks.
Crystal Paula Gonzalez, a mother of four who has been dubbed “the dancing roaming queen,” filmed her latest video for Facebook on Sunday – where she often updated friends on her adventures.
In the pre-dawn darkness, with a headlamp, she said, “It’s time to go! A lot of people are out today.«
The ice crunched under their feet and Gonzalez slipped shortly after and fell 700 feet into the Baldy Bowl.
Crystal Paula Gonzalez, 56, shot her final video for Facebook on Mount Baldy just before falling to her death
Gonzalez, a mother of four from Covina, loved hiking, mountain biking and the outdoors
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said it received a call from the California Office of Emergency Services, which was alerted through a Garmin emergency device.
A helicopter was dispatched immediately and soon found Gonzalez “down a steep and icy hill surrounded by numerous willing hikers who helped them in any way they could,” according to their incident report.
The medic aboard the helicopter called in the sheriff’s air ambulance, but Gonzalez died from her injuries before she could be flown from the scene.
Four days before she fell to her death, she published a video of the insidious conditions.
“This stuff is dangerous!!!!! Beware of hikers…” she wrote, using the hashtags: #MountainLessons #Learning #DangerousTerrain #Bowltrail #Mountbaldy.
Gonzalez frequently shared photos of himself in extreme terrain, hiking, and exploring
The mother-of-four was remembered “for her fearless wanderings and her daily dose of inspiration.”
She also posted a video of snowboarders captioned, “So unfortunately I had to turn back, safety first.”
On January 3, she wrote, “I don’t know where I’m going, just know I’m living a great story……”
A GoFundMe page set up by her family remembered Gonzalez “for her fearless treks and daily dose of inspiration.”
Her daughter, Jasmine Rosado, wrote: “More importantly, she was an amazing mother of four, a sister and a friend to everyone she met.
“She is the embodiment of strength, love and beauty.
“She was a beacon to everyone who knew her and was always willing to help.”
On her Instagram page, Hiker 4 Life, Gonzalez captioned herself, “At 56, I hike, jog, run, and MOUNTAIN bike, love the great outdoors and have 4 amazing kids! LIVE, LOVE AND ENJOY LIFE!!!’
Gonzalez shared inspirational quotes including this one about walking in the dark
Gonzalez of Covina is the second person to die on the mountain in two weeks.
On December 28, Jarret Choi, 43, of LA, was hiking the Ice House Canyon Trail when he fell near the Ice House Saddle ridge line.
He was found two days later after a search was hampered by extreme weather conditions.
On December 17, four people had to be rescued from the mountain by helicopter after freezing conditions made movement impossible.
Authorities stress that hikers must dress appropriately for the cold weather and have proper snow and ice gear.
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