78-Year Old Hiker Dies On Beloved Mountain

By Marissa Mitchell

San Dimas, CA – After days of searching, rescuers discovered the body of missing hiker Suek “Sam” Kim on Mount Baldy this past Tuesday afternoon, April 11th.

The 78-year-old had climbed Mount Baldy, Los Angeles County’s highest peak and the fourth tallest in Southern California, over 800 times, according to reports.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department discovered the body via a helicopter crew on the north side of the mountain at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, search-and-rescue teams from 5 different counties were searching for Kim.

On Friday, he had gone hiking but never returned; Sunday, he was reported missing.

The Los Angeles Times profiled Sam Kim last year. Kim had stated that he wanted to complete his thousandth climb in 2017.

Kim considered himself a sort of “ambassador” or representative to the mountain, handing out snacks to hikers and taking pictures with them.

From this time on, due to the location of the body, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department San Dimas Station will control the investigation.

Courtesy: Los Angeles Times