CALABASAS (CNS) - Four hikers who were stranded overnight in a remote area of Malibu Creek State Park, then helicoptered out, were cited today for engaging in unsafe recreation activities.

California State Parks rangers wrote up tickets for the four men, described as Long Beach residents aged 25 to 26, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker.

The quartet went hiking in flash flood warnings and got trapped on rocks between several rain-swollen canyons, Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Roland Sprewell said.

The call came in at 7 p.m. Saturday, but a helicopter dispatched to the scene initially was unable to reach the hikers.

They were finally able to connect with rescuers shortly after 3 a.m. and then were airlifted to safety.

An urban search and rescue team of 35 people had been on the scene Saturday night and early this morning and described it as a ``high-risk'' endeavor.

``The creek where the hikers are located is rising with each intermittent rainfall and they are trapped by a high wall,'' Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman John Scott said overnight.

``The area is very dark and the only lighting available to rescuers is via their helmet lights and flashlights,'' Scott said. ``The ground is slippery. Rescuers must hike in to get to the area where the hikers are likely located.''

The rescue was also complicated as the hikers' cell phone batteries began to lose power and they had to resort to texting information on their whereabouts.

Posted by Amy King