On 2/13/42 a flight of five Navy Grumman F4F Wildcats were on a ferry flight from Tucson, Arizona to San Diego, California. Along the way, the flight entered bad weather conditions consisting of extremely rough air and severe icing conditions. Out of the five airplanes in the flight, one of them #5049 with pilot Ensign Charles D. Davy was able to land on a dirt road damaging the plane, but without injuries to himself. Three of the others, #5044 with pilot Ensign Carl W. Peterson, #5046 with pilot Ensign Julian Locke D'Este and #5053 with pilot Ensign Samuel Kime crashed in the mountains killing the pilots. All three of these airplanes went missing and were found at a much later date. #5046 was found on 6/1/52 by two men that were searching for Indian relics in one the canyons. #5044 and #5053 were found on 3/26/57 by two surveyors of the State Division of Beaches and Parks. They found wreckage and skeletal remains of the two pilots in a deep ravine.
The crash site visited on this hike was that of Ensign Julian Locke D'Este's F4F-3A #5046.