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 North Elba
Search/Rescue: At 3 pm on Dec. 19, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a mother whose daughter was texting her requesting assistance with getting back to the trail near the false summit of Mt. Colden. The daughter was uninjured but in deep snow. She could not connect with 911 but texted her mother to call Dispatch with her coordinates to try to get directions back to the trail. Forest Rangers contacted the woman and attempted to direct her back to the trail without success. With limited daylight remaining and the only option being a three-hour hike to locate the woman, Forest Rangers contacted State Police Aviation for assistance. State Police Aviation attempted to land at the summit of Colden and insert a Forest Ranger into the area, but snowy conditions prohibited a landing. A Forest Ranger was successfully hoisted into a nearby area and the subject was reached by 4:23 pm. The woman was able to walk out with the Forest Ranger guidance. No further assistance was needed.
Town of Lake George
Rescue: At 3:15 pm on Dec. 20, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call through Warren County 911 reporting a man and woman stranded at the parking lot on Prospect Mountain because the trail and road were too slippery to go down, even though they had climbed it moments earlier. Without proper equipment to safely reach their vehicle, the pair requested Forest Ranger assistance to get down the mountain. Forest Rangers responded to the Prospect Mountain Toll Road with ATVs equipped with chains to retrieve the stranded couple. At 4:18 pm, Forest Rangers reached the stranded hikers and within 20 minutes the pair was back at the trailhead. The hikers were given instructions on carrying proper gear for seasonal conditions.
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.