Adirondack rangers rescued several hikers over the weekend in New York’s High Peaks and Dix Wilderness Areas.
On Saturday, January 10 at 2:53 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a distressed hiker on the trail to Dial Mountain. The 51-year-old male of Honeoye Falls, New York, stated he was unable to continue down the trail but was otherwise uninjured. Essex County 911 provided his location coordinates to Dispatch. Eight DEC Forest Rangers responded, along with New York State Police Aviation who placed a forest ranger at the summit of Dial Mountain. Rangers located the hiker uninjured but in need of medical attention. He was hydrated, warmed up and escorted down the mountain. Additional forest rangers met the hiker at the trailhead and transported him by snowmobile down Lake Road where he was evaluated by the Keene Valley Fire and Rescue Squad and released at 8:30 p.m. Back Country Rescue assisted in the rescue.
On Sunday, January 11 at 9:04 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call requesting assistance for two hikers lost on Santanoni Mountain. A 32-year-old male of Schenectady, New York, and a 51-year-old male of Amsterdam New York, said they were following a stream down the Express Trail and believed they were .3 miles from Bradley Pond. Three DEC Forest Rangers responded to the Upper Work with one forest ranger proceeding in by snowmobile. Rangers located the hikers a few miles in at 10:45 p.m. in good condition. Rangers transported the party out by snowmobile and arrived at the trailhead at 11:20 p.m.