15 hikers from California church group found

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Family and friends gather while waiting for a group of missing hikers at the entrance of Eaton Canyon, in Pasadena, Calif. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Fifteen hikers from a church group who failed to return from a weekend hike in the Southern California mountains were found safe by helicopter search crew Monday morning. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Family and friends pray while waiting for a group of missing hikers at the entrance of Eaton Canyon, in Pasadena, Calif. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Fifteen hikers from a church group who failed to return from a weekend hike in the Southern California mountains were found safe by helicopter search crew Monday morning. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Unidentified family members wait for a group of missing hikers at the entrance of Eaton Canyon, in Pasadena, Calif. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Rescue crews were searching on foot and by air early Monday for at least 15 hikers from a church group who didn't return from a weekend hike in a Southern California nature preserve. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Family and friends wait for a group of missing hikers at the entrance of Eaton Canyon, in Pasadena, Calif. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Rescue crews are searching on foot and by air early Monday for at least 15 hikers from a church group who didn't return from a weekend hike in a Southern California nature preserve. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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At least 15 hikers from a church group set out in the Eaton Canyon Natural Area in Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday morning and have not returned. 
Eaton Canyon, is a popular hiking spot at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, is located about 15 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. 
Family members consult with law enforcement officials at the scene. 
Family members consult with law enforcement officials at the scene. 
"It's a big group and not everyone has the same physical capability of walking for a long time," said Wendolyn Ortiz, who told KTLA she is a friend of some of the hikers. "We're assuming they got tired and they stopped."
Crews searched through the night at the scene and were joined by reinforcements at daybreak, the Associated Press reported. 
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Fifteen hikers from a church group who failed to return from a weekend hike in the Southern California mountains were found safe by helicopter search crew Monday morning.

A medic was lowered to the group and no injuries were reported, Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Johnie Jones said.

Just before the midmorning announcement, family and friends of the hikers had gathered in a group hug.

Eleven adults and four juveniles, ages 14 to 36, set out in the Eaton Canyon Natural Area on Sunday morning and were expected back by the evening.

Someone on the trek called the local sheriff's station Sunday night and said the group was lost. Deputies arrived at Eaton Canyon around 10 p.m. and found two relatives of hikers who reported receiving texts from the hiking party that said "help."

The group, which included some who had done the same hike previously, was outfitted with backpacks, first-aid kits, extra clothing, food and water but did not expect to be in the wilderness all night, Jones said.

Crews searched through the night and were joined by reinforcements at daybreak. Helicopters joined the search after early morning low clouds and fog began to break up.

Members of the Seventh Day Adventist church in Huntington Park said the hikers had gone out as a group on 3-mile treks before. They had planned to go rappelling at canyon waterfalls.

"We're assuming that they got tired and they stopped," Wendolyn Ortiz told KABC-TV.

Eaton Canyon is a very popular hiking spot with waterfalls at the base of the rugged San Gabriel Mountains, about 15 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Rescues are common, however.

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