Julian Sands, 65, was named after a hiker who went missing in the San Gabriel Mountains

A desperate search is on for A Room with a View star Julian Sands – he’s been named as one of two missing hikers in an “extremely dangerous” California mountain range.

Sands, 65, was reported missing by his family around 7:30 p.m. Friday after he disappeared during a trek in the Mount Baldy area in California’s San Gabriel Mountains — where two hikers have died in recent weeks.

Another hiker, California-based Bob Gregory, is also being researched separately in the Crystal Lake area of ​​the mountain range.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said: ‘On Friday at approximately 7.30pm, a hiker, identified as 65-year-old Julian Sands of North Hollywood, was reported missing in the Baldy Bowl area of ​​Baldy Mountain.

Sands, 65, was reported missing by his family around 7:30 p.m. Friday after disappearing into the dangerous mountain range.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says wintry weather on Mount Baldy can lead to...

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says wintry weather on Mount Baldy can lead to “hazardous conditions” and urges hikers to think twice before crossing the area.

Search and rescue crews responded and began searching. Because of the trail conditions and the danger of an avalanche, ground crews were pulled off the mountain on Saturday night.

However, we continue to search using helicopters and drones when weather permits. We’ll schedule another ground search when the weather clears, and it’s safe for our ground crews.

“I’ve known since Friday that my friend Julian Sands is missing at Bald Mountain,” said film producer Cassian Elwes, brother of Robin Hood star Curry and friend of the Sands family.

‘I am very disappointed. A very close friend of the family who was adventurous in everything he did. I have said many prayers.

Screenwriter Brian Lynch, whose credits include Secret Life of Pets and Minions, added: “Oh no! I love Julian Sands! I hope he can be found as soon as possible.

American actress and dancer Melanie Kinnaman also wrote: “Our friend Julian Sands has been missing from a hiking trip in the mountains of Southern California for about a week.

There is an active search for it in the Jebel Baldi area. Please send a prayer for his safe return.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Department warned that “severe weather on the mountain has been challenging” and air resources are limited, while a search and rescue team has been called to 14 incidents in the past four weeks alone.

She urged hikers to think twice before trekking the trails amid “extremely dangerous” conditions.

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

It is understood that Crystal Paula Gonzalez, a mother of four who is described as the ‘dancing hiking queen’, slipped and sank 700 feet below the Baldy Bowl.

A helicopter was dispatched immediately, and soon found Gonzalez “down a steep icy slope, surrounded by several helpful hikers helping in any way they could,” according to the accident report.

On Dec. 28, Jarrett Choi, 43, of Los Angeles, was hiking the Ice House Canyon Trail when he fell near the Ice House Saddle Line.

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

And on December 17, four people were rescued by helicopter from the mountain after icy conditions made movement impossible.

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

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

A warning sign in a mountain range amid conditions

A warning sign in a mountain range amid “extremely dangerous” conditions that have killed two hikers in recent weeks

Sands pictured with co-star Helena Bonham Carter on the set of A Room With A View in 1986

Sands pictured with co-star Helena Bonham Carter on the set of A Room With A View in 1986

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

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

Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Department alert said, “Over the past four weeks, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams have responded to 14 rescue missions in Mount Baldy and the surrounding area.

These rescue missions were for missing, stranded, and/or injured hikers. Unfortunately, over the past four weeks, two hikers have not survived after falling and injuring themselves.

Please know that the current conditions on Mount Baldi are very adverse and dangerous. Due to the high winds, the snow has turned to ice making hiking very dangerous.

The Sheriff’s search and rescue efforts are often hampered by bad weather coupled with dangerous avalanche conditions. Recent storms that have caused snow and ice conditions are not conducive to hikers, even those who feel they have a high level of experience.

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

It is not clear why Sands was in the area and if he was hiking alone or with someone else.

A mother of four from Covina, Gonzalez was passionate about hiking, mountain biking and the great outdoors.

A mother of four from Covina, Gonzalez was passionate about hiking, mountain biking and the great outdoors.

The treacherous conditions of the San Bernardino Mountains mean that search and rescue efforts may be over

The treacherous conditions of the San Bernardino Mountains meant that the search and rescue effort was “impeded by bad weather” along with the possibility of a “dangerous avalanche”.

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, 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 journalist Yevgenia Sitkovits, whom he married in 1990.

Meanwhile, a separate search is on for another hiker, Bob Gregory of Hawthorne, in the Crystal Lake area of ​​the Range.

Gregory’s family told the outlet that he went missing Monday and that they are “distraught” and “afraid he might hurt himself and fall.”

One of his loved ones added that the police were in the process of tracing his cell phone, while search teams combed the area on the ground and from the air on Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking visitors to follow simple advice to stay safe.

These include: ‘following all posted warning signs, looking at weather conditions (current and forecast) for the area, making sure you have the right equipment, training, and are properly prepared for alpine conditions (crampons, ice axe, proper clothing), a partner in Hiking, take a tracking device or GPS device such as a SPOT device or INREACH device, making sure all cell phones are fully charged and bring an extra charged power pack for them.

They also asked visitors to let someone know where and when they would go, when they would return, and “most importantly” not to go if there was any hesitation about the terrain.

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