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San Diego man dies in fall near Mt. Baldy

SAN DIEGO – A hiker from San Diego died after falling down the mountainside near Mt. Baldy Saturday afternoon, coroner’s office said.

San Bernardino County coroner’s officer said a 45-year-old San Diego man slipped from the “Devil’s Backbone” trail on the north-facing side of Mt. Harwood, just east of Mt. Baldy. A fellow hiker called for help around 2 p.m.

San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department helicopter was used to find the victim.  He was found about 1,500 feet below, officials said.

The victim was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier this month, a pair of deaths and a slew of rescues prompted officials at Angeles National Forest to shut down several trails, the Los Angeles Times reported.