A woman injured while hiking in a rugged area near Lake Tahoe was rescued late Sunday night.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report about 6 p.m. Sunday of an injured woman several miles from Emerald Bay Road and the Eagle Falls trailhead. The caller reported that the 29-year-old woman was lost, off the trail east of Jakes Peak, with an injury to her leg.
Sheriff’s search and rescue volunteers hiked through an area of thick vegetation, rock-bound cliffs and up steep mountainsides to reach the area, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Darkness had fallen by the time they located the hiker. Because she appeared to have a lower-leg fracture, it was deemed too risky to carry her out of the area, officials said.
Assistance was requested from Washoe County Sheriff’s Air Operations, which dispatched a helicopter. Shortly after midnight, the woman was extricated from the area by helicopter and transported to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe for medical treatment.