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British actor and ‘A Room with a View’ star Julian Sands has been named as one of two missing hikers in an ‘extremely dangerous’ Californian mountain range.

Sands, 65, was last seen in the Mount Baldy area of California’s San Gabriel Mountains on Friday evening and his family have heard from him since.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has warned that ‘severe weather on the mountain has been difficult’ and air resources are limited, while its search and rescue team has been called out to 14 incidents in the last four weeks alone.

A separate search is also ongoing for another hiker, California resident Bob Gregory, in the Crystal Lake area of the mountain range. 

British actor and ‘A Room with a View’ star Julian Sands, 65, has been named as one of two missing hikers in California’s San Gabriel Mountains. He’s pictured here in 2020

In a post to Instagram, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said winter weather on Mt Baldy can make for 'dangerous conditions' and have urged hikers to think twice before traversing the area

In a post to Instagram, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said winter weather on Mt Baldy can make for ‘dangerous conditions’ and have urged hikers to think twice before traversing the area 

The Sherrif’s Department urged hikers to think twice before walking the trails amid ‘extremely dangerous’ conditions.

It comes as two people have died in recent days while while attempting to scale the same mountainous area – one of the most popular trails in Los Angeles.

Crystal Paula Gonzalez, a mother-of-four described as ‘the dancing hiking queen’, is understood to have slipped and plunged 700ft down the Baldy Bowl.

A helicopter was immediately dispatched, and soon found Gonzalez ‘down on a steep and icy hillside, surrounded by numerous helpful hikers assisting in any way they could,’ according to an incident report.

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On December 28, Jarret Choi, 43, from LA, was hiking the Ice House Canyon trail when he fell near the Ice House Saddle ridge line.

He was found two days later, after a search hampered by extreme weather conditions.

And on December 17, four people had to be rescued by helicopter from the mountain after icy conditions made it impossible to move.

Meanwhile, the sherrif department’s warning said: ‘Over the last four weeks, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams have responded to 14 rescue missions on Mt Baldy and in the surrounding area. 

‘These rescue missions have been for lost, stranded and/or injured hikers. Unfortunately, during these past 4 weeks, two hikers did not survive after falling and injuring themselves.

‘Please know the current conditions on Mt Baldy are adverse and extremely dangerous. Due to the high winds, the snow has turned to ice making hiking extremely dangerous. 

‘Sheriff’s Search and Rescue efforts are often hampered by poor weather along with dangerous avalanche conditions. The recent storms that brought the snow and ice conditions are not favorable for hikers, even those that feel they have a high level of experience.’

Sands is known for his roles in several films, including the 1985 feature 'A Room with a View,' 'Warlock,' and 'Leaving Las Vegas'

Sands is known for his roles in several films, including the 1985 feature ‘A Room with a View,’ ‘Warlock,’ and ‘Leaving Las Vegas’

The treacherous conditions of the San Bernardino Mountains have meant that search and rescue efforts have been 'hampered by poor weather' along with the likelihood of 'dangerous avalanche conditions'

The treacherous conditions of the San Bernardino Mountains have meant that search and rescue efforts have been ‘hampered by poor weather’ along with the likelihood of ‘dangerous avalanche conditions’

Sands is best known for his roles in several films, including the 1985 feature ‘A Room with a View,’ ‘Warlock,’ and ‘Leaving Las Vegas.’

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It is unclear why Sands was in the area and if he had been hiking alone or with another person.

A father-of-three, Sands has been married twice.

His first marriage, from 1984 to 1987, was to journalist Sarah Sands, who went on to edit publications including the Sunday Telegraph and London’s Evening Standard, and BBC Radio 4’s influential Today programme. The couple have a son, Henry.

The actor also has two daughters with the journalist Evgenia Citkowitz, who he married in 1990.

Meanwhile, a separate search is ongoing for another hiker, Bob Gregory of Hawthorne, in the Crystal Lake area of the mountain range.

Gonzalez, a mother of four from Covina, was passionate about hiking, mountain biking and being outdoors

Gonzalez, a mother of four from Covina, was passionate about hiking, mountain biking and being outdoors

Gregory’s family told the outlet he went missing on Monday and that they are ‘distraught’ and ‘fear he may have hurt himself and fallen.’

His loved one’s added that police are in the process of tracing his cell phone, while search teams have combed the area on the ground and from the air on Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Department has pleaded with visitors to follow simple tips to stay safe. 

These include: ‘Following all posted warning signs, looking at weather conditions (both current and forecasted) for the area, making sure you have proper gear, training and are properly prepared for alpine conditions (crampons, ice axe, proper clothing), taking a hiking partner, taking a tracking or GPS device such as a SPOT Device or INREACH Device, making sure all cell phone’s are fully charged and to bring a charged extra power pack for it.’

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They have also told visitors to let someone know where and when they are going, what time they will be back and ‘most importantly’ not to go if there is any hesitation about the terrain.

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