Video shows dramatic Thanksgiving day rescue of hiker stranded at Castle Crags State Park

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif., — A woman who became stranded while hiking in Castle Crags State Park has a lot to be thankful for after she was airlifted back to safety on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 25. Dramatic footage of the rescue filmed from the CHP rescue chopper, (which can be viewed here), was later shared to social media.


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Shasta County sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the victim’s plight around 1:50 p.m. Thanksgiving day after the woman called 911 and reported she had become stuck above a ravine on the Root Creek Trail and that it was too steep for her to hike back out.

Castle Crags State Park is a popular tourist stop and hiking destination within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and is located along Interstate 5, between the towns of Castella and Dunsmuir, about ten miles south of Mount Shasta. CHP – Northern Division Air Ops photo

Due to the rugged and difficult terrain, deputies requested assistance from California Highway Patrol’s Northern Division Air Operations and a CHP chopper was launched to the area to assist in searching for the woman.

CHP’s H16 soon arrived in the area and using the victim’s GPS coordinates from her cell phone were able to locate her and begin a technical hoist rescue operation at around 2:20 p.m.

During the subsequent rescue, a CHP officer was lowered down to the woman’s location and she was placed in a CMC “HotSeat” before being hoisted up and into the helicopter.

She was then flown to a waiting State Parks Officer and other emergency personnel and found to be uninjured during her ordeal.

No injuries were reported as a result of the Thanksgiving day rescue.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.