Five Days After Two Hikers Mysteriously Vanished, Rescuers Found Footprints Off The Trail

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Image: Twitter/San Bernardino County Sheriff

After five long days of waiting for Eric Desplinter and Gabrielle Wallace to emerge from the San Gabriel Mountains, their families are beginning to lose hope. There has so far been no sign of the missing hikers anywhere, and by now the couple’s limited supplies will surely be used up. But then a search team discover a pair of footprints leading off the trail…

Image: Juan Carlos Becerra

The San Gabriel Mountains are located in Southern California, straddling the counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino. The dramatic range is actually often considered to be the scenic “backyard” of the metropolis of L.A. And so the location has become a popular hiking spot for the city’s estimated four million residents as well as for visitors from further afield.

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Image: Todd Jones

Yet the San Gabriel Mountains are more than just a recreational destination; they also serve a very important function. That’s because the range is Los Angeles’ proverbial faucet, supplying the city with a third of its water for drinking. In 2014, in fact, then-president Barack Obama awarded the 350,000-acre site national monument status.

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