ASTREA Rescues Heat Exhausted Hiker at Three Sisters Falls

A 28-year-old needed to be treated for heat exhaustion Tuesday in Ramona.

A 28-year-old female hiker needed to be rescued from Three Sisters Falls Tuesday evening after she became overcome with heat exhaustion, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Authorities reported that ASTREA 1 was dispatched to assist the fire department with the distressed hiker around 4 p.m. The woman was found half way down the trail from the trailhead parking area and was walked to the helicopter. She was flown to a Ramona fire station for medical assistance.

The sheriff's department said the extent of the victim's injuries are unknown at this time.

Three Sisters Falls is a popular hiking destination south of Julian.

A caused numerous heat warnings throughout San Diego Monday as temperatures hit triple digits. Authorities warned people to avoid strenuous activity like hiking and camping.

Jane Tanaka MD August 15, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Just a reminder to all of us dealing with the heat wave... to prevent heat stroke, which can be lethal: keep well hydrated but avoid caffeine and alcohol which are diuretics and can cause dehydration; wear cotton clothing, carry a sprayer bottle with water to mist yourself to help cool off. I nearly got stuck coming back from a hike to Devils Punch Bowl years ago, when my husband ( Greg Chick, btw), told me that it would be an easy hike... like walking at North County Fair, only without escalators. The last mile or so straight up hill are more arduous than one couldnt have known . My chest hurt due to the strain. Glad that I didnt need rescuing... but can understand how this can happen. Glad this hiker was rescued in time and did not die like the woman who died in early July.
Catryna White August 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Ah Jane, that return trip from the Punch Bowl is brutal at any time. Glad you made it OK. When we would go, if it was never in Summer, we invariably would come back at twilight and even then it could be tough.
DRNM August 16, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Isn't three sisters falls in Descanso Area? not Ramona..wherever, hiking on these temperatures is insane.
Catryna White August 16, 2012 at 03:04 PM
You may be right, but in actuality, Three Sisters Falls is halfway between Descanso and Ramona and closer still to San Diego Country Estates which is a resort southwest of Ramona. Three Sisters can be reached from a variety of starting points.
greg Chick August 17, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I do agree, it is no small hike, I too have walked it, as my wife said, and I too was challenged. I should have seen it was a lady that was stricken by exhaustion, but many ladies can out do me, (my wife), and my responsible ideology can seem tough, but when people learn to be more realistic in abilities and claims we will all be be better off. Having said that, I have not returned to the punch bowl. Greg Chick..


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