Hiker Rescued From California Mountainside After Being Pinned by Boulder

A man who became trapped when a large boulder fell on him while hiking on Mount Saint Helena was rescued in the early hours of November 24.

Authorities said the hiker called California Highway Patrol dispatch at about 2:20 am to report he had been pinned near the Oat Hill Trail, in the area known as the Palisades, about 5 pm the day before.

“After several hours of laying under the boulder the hiker was able to rip open his jeans pocket and remove his cellphone,” CHP – Golden Gate Division Air Operations said. “If the hiker had not retrieved his cellphone and provided Cal Fire his GPS location prior to the battery dying, he may not have been located.”

The hiker was located off trail and in extremely rugged terrain, authorities said. This footage shows the crew extricating the hiker at first light. His injuries were described as not life-threatening. Credit: CHP – Golden Gate Division Air Operations via Storyful