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Mount Baldy hiking trails closed after second death in less than a week

Written by
Stephanie Morino

If you've been planning a trip to Mount Baldy, you may want to reconsider, at least for now. The mountain, popular in part thanks to its proximity to Los Angeles, has closed all of its hiking trails after two hikers fell to their deaths this month. 

The first incident happened on February 2 when 23-year-old Daniel Nguyen fell to his death while reportedly trying to help a friend who had slipped. The latest incident happened on Saturday the 6; Dong Xing Lui, 47, fell to his death after he slipped in the Icehouse Saddle area, according to the San Bernardino Sun. Lui's wife was also injured and about a dozen other injured hikers had to be airlifted from the area on Saturday alone. 

We had recently written about Mount Baldy being an epic winter wonderland so close to LA, but given this new information, we'd have to advise you to keep your distance until trail conditions are evaluated and officially reopened. 

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