SANTA MONICA—On January 26, a hiker was transported to a local hospital by helicopter after she became critically injured in the Encino Hills area, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The hiker, described as a 40-year-old Caucasian female, suffered from a head injury at a Nike site on 17500 Mulholland Drive. She was transported to a local hospital in serious condition via helicopter, through a hoist operation, according to the LAFD.

Eric Scott, an LAFD spokesman, informed Canyon News that the hiker was taken to UCLA. He states that no further information regarding the woman’s current condition or how she became injured is available.

San Vicente Mountain Park is located in the heart of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains above an unpaved section of Mulholland Drive 27 miles west of the 405 Freeway. A radar tower at the location provides visitors with views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Encino Reservoir and San Fernando Valley and the Los Angeles Basin, according to the Web site.

When asked by Canyon News about any safety tips that could be used by those who planned to visit the mountains on a hiking trip, Scott stated, “The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department would like to stress trail safety. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Hike with a partner or let someone know where you will be hiking. Take sufficient water and a fully charged cell phone. Remember that cell phone coverage in the mountains can be spotty. But most importantly, be safe.”