A mountain biker is recovering from his injuries after being rescued by a CHP helicopter.  

Michael Gnafkis was riding on the Upper Lake Clementine Trail in Placer County when he crashed his bike. He was able to call for help using his cell phone.  

A chopper was needed because of the remote location. Gnafkis was hoisted into the aircraft yesterday morning and taken to a landing zone then transported to a nearby hospital.  

CHP officials say Gnafkis' injuries would have been much worse if he hadn't been wearing a helmet.