Hiker Injured on Cowles Mountain

Helicopter transports hiker from Mission Trails switchbacks to ambulance

By Lauren Steussy
|  Thursday, Jun 23, 2011  |  Updated 1:29 PM PDT
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Hiker Injured on Cowles Mountain

Mission Trails Regional Park

A hiker was injured on the Cowles Mountain trail in Mission Trails Regional Park

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A hiker on Cowles Mountain in San Carlos suffered an ankle injury Thursday afternoon, requiring helicopter transportation to safe ground.

The hiker is conscious and breathing and has been taken to a nearby hospital, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials.

The hiker was transported by helicopter to Mast Blvd, where an ambulance awaited rescuers.

The trail is located in Mission Trails Regional Park on Golfcrest and Navajo Dr. The mountain is known for its swift elevation gains and challenging trails, though the length of the main trail is 1.5 miles.

The hiker was approximately three-quarters of the way up the mountain when the injury occurred.

“Don't underestimate the steepness of the hike,” warned one Yelp.com reviewer. “There is a healthy slope the whole way with some portions that require careful footwork.
 

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