Recent Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Missions

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks.

Essex County

Town of North Elba
High Peaks Wilderness
Lost hiker: On Oct. 7 at 12:25 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Essex County 911 requesting assistance for a 31-year-old female from Cohoes lost near the summit of Tabletop Mountain. A DEC Forest Ranger and the Marcy Dam caretaker located the woman at the GPS coordinates provided by Essex County 911 approximately 50 yards from the trail near the summit. She was escorted out to the trailhead at 5:51 pm.

Town of Keene
High Peaks Wilderness
Lost hikers: On Oct. 7 at 8:04 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a direct call from a 41-year-old woman from New York City lost with her parents on Three Brothers Mountain. She was able to provide GPS coordinates from her phone but stated they had no flashlights or headlamps. A DEC Forest Ranger responded and located the family at 9:14 pm. They were escorted out to the Garden Parking area. The incident concluded at 9:49 pm.

Town of North Elba
High Peaks Wilderness
Injured hiker: On Oct. 9 at 3:07 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a radio transmission from a Forest Ranger requesting assistance for a 21-year-old male from Glenwood, Md., with a lower-leg injury on Algonquin Mountain. A DEC Forest Ranger and an Assistant Forest Ranger responded and stabilized the injury. The man was assisted to Marcy Dam and transported by utility terrain vehicle to the Adirondak Loj parking area. He said he would seek medical attention on his own. The incident concluded at 4:15 pm.

Town of Keene
Giant Mountain Wilderness
Injured hiker: On Oct. 9 at 12:10 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Essex County 911 requesting assistance for a 48-year-old female from Niskayuna injured on Giant Mountain. DEC Forest Rangers responded and located the injured woman. She was stabilized and evaluated. Rangers escorted the woman and her two children to the trailhead. She was taken to an area hospital for further medical treatment. The incident concluded at 1:58 pm.

Town of Keene
High Peaks Wilderness
Injured hiker: On Oct. 10 at 1:12 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a radio transmission from an Assistant Forest Ranger at Johns Brook Interior Outpost requesting assistance for an injured 19-year-old female from Amherstberg, ON, Canada. She was able to hike to Johns Brook but could not continue from there. New York State Police Aviation responded with a DEC Forest Ranger on board to a landing site at Johns Brook. She was taken by helicopter to an area hospital for further medical treatment. The incident concluded at 3:48 pm.

Town of Willsboro
Private Lands
Lost hikers: On Oct. 10 at 2:18 pm, DEC Central Dispatch advised DEC Ray Brook Dispatch of two females (18 and 19 years old) from Plattsburgh lost on Rattlesnake Mountain. The hikers had lost the trail and were on a herd path heading toward Lake Champlain. The hikers’ GPS coordinates were obtained from their cell phones. A DEC Forest Ranger responded to the trailhead and directed the women to follow the drainage path uphill. They were located at 3:58 pm in good condition. The hikers returned to their vehicle at 5:03 pm.

Town of Keene
Dix Mountain Wilderness
Injured hiker: On October 16 at 5 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from Essex County 911 requesting assistance for a 20-year-old female from Rome who had sustained a lower-leg injury while descending Noonmark Mountain. DEC Forest Rangers responded, located the woman and stabilized her injury. Additional Forest Rangers were requested for assistance in carrying the injured woman out to the trailhead. She said she would seek medical attention on her own. The incident concluded at 8:17 p.m.

Hamilton County

Town of Indian Lake
Blue Ridge Wilderness
Lost hiker: On October 12 at 12:41 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a 66-year-old female and an 82-year-old male, both from Philadelphia, Pa., lost on Sawyer Mountain. A DEC Forest Ranger responded and drove down the road adjacent to the trailhead, using the vehicle’s siren in an attempt to attract the hikers to the road. The pair located the road and walked out to meet the Ranger. They were returned to their vehicle at 1:05 p.m.

Herkimer County

Town of Webb
Fulton Chain Wild Forest
Injured hiker: On Oct. 9 at 2:44 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Herkimer County 911 requesting assistance for a 51-year-old male from Elba with a non-weight bearing injury on Bald Mountain. DEC Forest Rangers responded with the Old Forge Volunteer Fire Department and the man was packaged for a litter carry. He was carried down to the trailhead to a waiting Old Forge EMS ambulance and taken to an area hospital for further medical treatment. The incident concluded at 5:16 pm.

Lewis County

Town of Lyons Falls
Private Land
Injured paddler: On October 16 at 3:09 p.m., a DEC Forest Ranger received a call from Lewis County 911 requesting assistance for a woman who was injured and entrapped in her kayak near Knives Edge on the Moose River. The Forest Ranger responded along with the Lyons Falls Volunteer Fire Department and EMS and the Lewis County Sherriff’s office. The team used technical rope rescue techniques to rescue the stranded woman. She was evaluated, stabilized and carried out via litter to an awaiting ambulance. She was taken to an area hospital for additional medical treatment and the incident concluded at 4:32 p.m.

Washington County

Town of Fort Ann
Lake George Wild Forest
Lost hikers: On Oct. 3 at 4:38 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from Washington County 911 concerning fa 29-year-old female from Catskill, a 32-year-old female from Albany, and a 31-year-old female from Clifton Park lost on Sleeping Beauty Mountain. They were able to provide coordinates from their cell phones. DEC Forest Rangers responded to the Hog Town Parking area. The party was able to hike within a half mile of the parking lot with the assistance of cell phone communication. A Forest Ranger met them and escorted them to their vehicle. The incident concluded at 8:02 pm.

Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage and Adirondack Trail Information webpage for more information about where you intend to travel. The Adirondack Almanack reports weekly Outdoor Conditions each Thursday afternoon.

Editorial Staff

Stories written under the Almanack‘s Editorial Staff byline are drawn from press releases and other notices.

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