A 67-year-old bicyclist was rescued and flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with head injuries after crashing on a remote Annadel State Park trail Wednesday night.
The crash was reported shortly after 6 p.m. The bicyclist was riding on an illegal trail in a remote area of the park about a half-mile from the intersection of the Marsh and Canyon trails, said Mike Harrison, a Santa Rosa fire captain.
The man was riding downhill with two friends when he crashed, flying over the handlebars and hitting his head, Harrison said.
The man's friends or other bystanders called for help. Sometimes it can be challenging to find patients on illegal trails, but in this case another rider who passed them on the path helped rescuers find him, Harrison said. The Sonoma County sheriff's helicopter, Henry 1, was the first to arrive and had him “pretty well packaged up” by the time Santa Rosa medics arrived to help, Harrison said.
The helicopter flew him to the hospital because of the severity of his injuries and the rockiness of the terrain where he crashed, Harrison said.
The injuries were “pretty serious,” said Sheriff's Sgt. Cecile Focha.