A HIKER sent chilling final texts to his mom before being found dead at the base of a notoriously dangerous waterfall after an 80ft plunge last week.

Cries for help reported at a mountain trail in the area of the fall in Southern California on April 30 helped sound the alarm to the experienced hiker’s plunge.

The body of missing hiker Robert Carey, Jr. was found at the bottom of the Big Falls Waterfall in the San Bernardino National Forest on April 30

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The body of missing hiker Robert Carey, Jr. was found at the bottom of the Big Falls Waterfall in the San Bernardino National Forest on April 30Credit: Facebook/San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team
The San Gorgonio Mountain is the highest peak in California south of the Sierra, according to the USDA's Forest Service.

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The San Gorgonio Mountain is the highest peak in California south of the Sierra, according to the USDA’s Forest Service.Credit: Getty

Authorities say the body of 33-year-old Robert Carey Jr was discovered at the base of the Big Falls Waterfall later that evening.

NBC News reported that Carey’s mother, Bonnie Phillips, said her son had sent her a series of texts.

She said, her son, a bus driver in Los Angeles, told her he was on his way to the top of the San Gorgonio Peak located in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Phillips revealed one haunting text read: “When you wake up, go out and look at the tallest mountain you see out there. And I’ll be up there. Wish me luck.”

She also revealed the two exchanged texts hours later and that Carey said he was a mile from the summit, according to NBC.

Relatives said the California man was an experienced hiker but had not hiked the peak before, per the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

When Carey didn’t attend the family’s weekly Saturday night dinner on April 30 “I already knew there was something terribly wrong,” Phillips also told NBC.

Authorities note a helicopter crew was dispatched and spotted an unresponsive man at the base of the waterfall. A rescue operation was postponed Saturday night because of darkness.

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On Sunday, May 1, “members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team were hoisted down by helicopter and successfully recovered Carey’s remains,” the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators determined Carey, of Calimesa, located in the Greater Los Angeles area, fell around 80 feet to the base of the fall and died.

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At an elevation of approximately 11,500ft, San Gorgonio Mountain is the highest peak in California south of the Sierra, according to the USDA’s Forest Service.

According to socialhiker.net the mountain also known as “Old Grayback” provides excellent high altitude training for those preparing to summit Mt. Whitney, and is an easy drive from most of Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Carey's body was found after his family reported him missing, and witnesses heard cries for help in the area he was discovered by authorities

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Carey’s body was found after his family reported him missing, and witnesses heard cries for help in the area he was discovered by authoritiesCredit: Facebook/San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team

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