As they were struggling to find their way out of the mountains, they fortunately stumbled into an area with cellular phone reception and called 911 around 4 a.m. Monday.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department sent search teams to the area. After searching for hours, rescuers located the hikers but could not reach them because the surrounding brush was so overgrown.
A helicopter was able to hoist the hikers up to safety. They were wet and cold but suffered no serious injuries.