44-Year-Old Man Injured in Whiting Ranch Biking Accident

Man with a possible collarbone fracture is rescued from the regional park adjacent to Lake Forest.

An injured 44-year-old man was transported from Whiting Ranch on Monday evening with a possible collarbone fracture, authorities said.

Orange County Fire Authority units were dispatched at 7:35 p.m. to rescue the man, who had been mountain biking.

While paramedics said the man may have broken his collarbone, he was otherwise "doing OK" and did not need an helicopter airlift, said OCFA Capt. Marc Stone.

OCFA units transported him out via park trails, Stone said.

It's the second time this month that firefighters have been called to the park to rescue an injured rider.

Four days ago, a  out of the same part of Whiting Ranch.

Units used a helicopter to hoist the boy, who had also been mountain biking, out of the park.

Lady Golfnut August 07, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I know this is going to irritate mountain bikers, but having routinely hiked Whiting Ranch, I believe they should be restricted to the wider trails. Many of them don't follow the 10 mph signs. I was hiking Sleepy Hollow, which by the way before the fires was strictly a foot path, when a mountain biker proceeded to cuss us out for being on the trail and next time he was going to run our xxxxx over! Really? Don't get me wrong, many are courteous and we all should share the trails fair and square. But it costs money for these rescues and this is the 4th one I recall just this year alone. I think it's time to seriously look at re mapping the trails for the bikers. Sleepy hollow, Cattle Pond Loop, Cactus Hill are far to narrow for bikers that ignore the speed limit.
Sarah de Crescenzo (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Cathy, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Mountain bikers, what say you? Do these rescues illustrate the dangers of speeding on narrow trails, or are they nothing more than freak falls?
Heiko Peschel August 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
It is a risky sport like many others and people will get injured and killed besides it helps with natural selection
Robzillaa August 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Wow, wow, wow.. what ignorance you project through your comments ladies. For someone who seems to frequent trails you know NOTHING about mtn biking. Biking single track (narrow trails) is what mtn biking is ALL about. Restricting bikers to wide trails is the same as suggesting that hikers stay on cement paths, utterly ridiculous. Mnt biking is fun and thrilling, with hilly terrain making 10 mph speed limits waaay too low for many sections. Rudeness on trails should never be condoned but its possible you did not move to the left when a bike was passing you, which is cycling etiquette. Accidents will happen in action sports, and I hope you too would like to be rescued as a stranded hiker if you slid down a hillside yourself. Sharing the trail means we should encourage other users, not bury our heads in the sand in ignorance. As someone who has hiked, biked and rode horses throughout so-cal, a little courtesy goes a long way.
TWF August 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Can't we all just get along? I ride a mountain bike on the trails of Whiting Ranch regularly and agree with Ms. Olson in that there is no place for the behavior displayed by what is hopefully a small minority of those biking on the trails. I ride aggressively but with awareness of other forms of use in the park. This includes stopping for the occasional horse and listening/watching for hikers. Most people are able to co-exist. Unfortunately, the trails named by Ms. Olson are some of the best trails in the park for bikers and relegating those trails to foot traffic only is not a great solution. There seem to be certain personalities on the fringe of all groups using the park - overly aggressive bikers, overly sensitive hikers, equestrians on their "high horse" (just kidding with that one). I saw the OC Fire & Rescue drive by my house last night on their way to rescue this biker with a "mule" (ATV). At least that is less expensive that the helicopter.
MisturChips August 07, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Heiko! Don't forget that with all the money spent to PREVENT it, it's now unnatural selection. Have you watched the introduction to the movie 'Idiocracy'? Illustrates it well. I'm not saying it's not a good thing to have prepared rescue crews available, but...
LasRocas August 07, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Mountain biking, or any biking for that matter, carries with it an element of risk. Saying that mountain bikers should stick to the wider trails, or fire roads, is like saying cars should not drive on streets, as they present a risk to the road bikers and commuters. I've ridden Whiting many times, and have myself gone over the handlebars on more than one occasion, one of which resulted in a doctor visit to patch up some missing skin. The adventure associated with narrow, single-track trails is the reason we get out there and do it. It is not biker etiquette to go off-trail, or cuss out hikers, and these behaviors do give the rest of us a bad name. As it is really not the norm, please refrain from suggesting the restriction of others' privileges to accommodate your own. Perhaps, as a hiker, you might consider sticking to the wider trails and fire roads.
Kim Campbell Thornton August 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I'm sorry that Cathy met such a jerk. Most mountain bikers are extremely courteous toward others sharing the trails. I agree with other mountain bikers that the trails she wants to restrict are wonderfully suited to mountain biking (except for chicken riders like me) and should remain open to riders.
Lady Golfnut August 07, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Ok all, maybe that was a bit silly of me to suggest taking away the more thrilling trails to bikers, however there must be a reason for the 10mph signs? Or is that just for the rangers?I don't think so. And actually we did move COMPLETELY off the trail for the biker that cussed us out to pass. Maybe "one way" trails would be a solution? Regardless we are all entitled to the park and just like risking mountain lions, coyotes, I risk the bikers. And robzillaa, you're right I know nothing about Mtn biking, nor do I really care too, but that doesn't mean you have to be rude.
TWF August 07, 2012 at 09:53 PM
How about if cyclists ride no faster than Usain Bolt can run - 27mph. Hopefully that rude person you encountered is an anomaly and it won't happen again. Let's all enjoy the trails in our own way and figure out how to get along. Queue John Lennon...
Schwab Apiaries August 07, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I think Cathy has a point. We all must learn to share the trail. I'm sure many have seen the OC Park sings showing the right of way rules. I see families with small children all the time walking in Whiting. Lets not treat this natural, wild, wonderful place as our own personal GYM. Other folks (Runners, Hikers & Horses) want to enjoy the outdoors just as much as the mountain bikers. See you on the Trail.
Lady Golfnut August 08, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Yes TW we can, at least from my perspective. I was simply offering an observation because after living next to WR for 15 years, this has been a very busy year for rescues. May be because there are more people enjoying the park. I don't like seeing anyone injured - risk takers or otherwise. Peace out!
John Rodgers August 08, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Kinda sad to hear, im enjoy riding my se road bike that i got from 2wheelbikes.com and fortunately i have not had a big accident yet. i know if i did it would not be pretty though especially since i ride hard in the city! hope this guy gets better soon


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