Snow in the high country east of Los Angeles often draws hikers to Mt. Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains for the spectacular scenery. The problem is the hikers traversing the area around the 10,069-foot peak dress like they're going for a stroll in Griffith Park.

On Friday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department crews made three rescues of hikers who were woefully unequipped for the conditions on Mt. Baldy, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Deputies had to use night goggles to locate a 26-year-old Santa Ana man in steep, icy terrain in the Ice House Canyon area at an elevation of 8,000 feet.

The man had walked through snow for two hours in the dark in below-freezing temperatures. He had to stop because his feet became too painful.

"When we get the snow, they love to come up and get the beautiful views, but they don’t come prepared," rescue pilot Deputy Doug Brimmer told the Times. "This guy was hiking by himself in light clothing and tennis shoes with no food, no water and 50% battery life on his cellphone."

Earlier Friday, deputies rescued two hikers in their 20s on the Devil's Backbone Trail, which was covered in ice. Neither wore ice crampons, spikes that attach to shoes, nor did they have an ice ax.

One of the men lost his footing, slid 200 feet down an ice chute and slammed into a tree. The other man called for help.

Air Rescue 306 responded, picked up the injured man and transported him to a hospital. The crew had to return and conduct other hoist rescue on his partner, who had called again for help after he decided it was too slippery for him to continue down on his own.

The dangers inherent in hiking Mt. Baldy in the winter were underscored last month when Sreenivas "Sree" Mokkapati, a 52-year-old Irvine resident, went missing after he became separated from his companions while attempting to reach the summit of the peak.

Mokkapati has not been seen since.

While they were trying to find Mokkapati, rescue crews frequently had to suspend the search in order to save other hikers in trouble.

The search was called off on Dec. 15 after Timothy Staples, a 32-year-old rescue volunteer, was killed in an fall during down an icy slope.

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Last April, two hikers were lost for five days after wandering off a trail and trying to descend through a valley.

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Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: moffitt@sfgate.com. Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate