New 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.
Town of Minerva
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Lost hikers: On April 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for two hikers who became disoriented on Vanderwhacker Mountain. A 22-year-old man from Huntsville, AL and a 24-year-old woman from Harbor City, CA told Dispatch they had some food and water, and flashlights. Essex County 911 provided GPS Coordinates that placed the pair on the trail. One DEC Forest Ranger responded and established voice contact at 10:36 pm, and located the hikers at 10:45 pm in good condition. The Forest Ranger escorted them to his vehicle and transported them about two miles back to their vehicle. The incident concluded at 11:56 pm.
Town of St. Armand
McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
Injured hiker: On April 16, 2016 at 11:43 am, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Franklin County 911 reporting a 51-year-old woman from Jordan, NY with a non-weight bearing lower leg injury near the summit of Mount Baker. Five DEC Forest Rangers responded for a possible carryout. The first Ranger reached the woman at 12:35 pm. After assessing the injury, Rangers decided to hoist the woman out by New York State Police Aviation. Rangers and NYSP Aviation extracted the woman at 1:30 pm and transported her by helicopter to AMC-Saranac Lake for treatment. The incident concluded at 1:45 pm.
Town of Indian Lake
Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Lost hikers: On April 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for two hikers who became disoriented on Chimney Mountain. A 26-year-old and 22-year-old women, both from New Hartford, NY hiked in from Big Brook Road and lost the trail during their decent. One New York State Police unit, already on scene at the trailhead, activated the car siren in hopes the women would follow the sound and head towards them. DEC Forest Rangers responded to Chimney Mountain and reestablished contact with the women and instructed them to contact Hamilton County 911 to obtain their GPS coordinates. The coordinates placed them southwest of the trail. The Rangers located the women at 10:15 pm and escorted them out to their vehicle. No medical attention was required. The incident concluded at 11:10 pm.
Town of Indian Lake
Blue Mountain Wild Forest
Lost hikers: On April 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm, New York State Police in Latham transferred a call to DEC Central Dispatch from a 19-year-old man and two 21-year-old men, all from Whitesboro, NY, lost on a trail on Blue Mountain in Indian Lake. State Police obtained GPS coordinates and relayed them to the responding DEC Forest Ranger at 7:15 pm. The Ranger called the men and instructed the hikers to walk down stream. The Ranger arrived on scene and hiked up stream from Wells Rd., locating the man at 8 pm. The hikers left the trail because of icy conditions and were unable to locate it again without proper gear. The men did not require any medical attention.
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.