Hiker Dies at Start of Pacific Crest Trail

The hiker said he wasn’t feeling good and then suddenly went into arrest, officials said

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    Desert view taken from the Pacific Crest Trail in Laguna by an NBC 7 user.

    A teenager died while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail through San Diego County, officials said Thursday.

    The 19-year-old hiker was near Lake Morena near Campo when he started feeling sick and called his father for help, CalFire offiicals told NBC 7.

    The teenager’s father called 911.

    When firefighters got to the camping area around 1:30 p.m., they were talking with the teenager and going over his symptoms.

    The hiker said he wasn’t feeling good and then suddenly went into arrest, officials said.

    CalFire officials said the teen was pronounced dead at 2:23 p.m.

    San Diego County sheriff’s deputies and medical examiner were also called to the scene.

    The Pacific Crest Trail begins in Campo and travels more than 2,600 miles along the West Coast from border to border.