New Hampshire Conservation Officers rescued two hikers who didn’t have lights on a popular but difficult trail Tuesday night.

Shortly before 9 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game officials were notified about two hikers in distress along the Falling Waters Trail in Lincoln. Officials say the information was incomplete, but it seemed the hikers were descending the trail when they could no longer determine if they were on the trail or had strayed off.

Conservation officers responded and were able to make contact with the hikers. Mary Leigh, 31, and Alexander Baker, 32, of Reading, United Kingdom, were located, uninjured, in a steep section of trail. Officers provided lights to the hikers, who only had the light from a cell phone. They then hiked down to the parking area without further incident.

Conservation officers say anyone enjoying the outdoors this fall should plan ahead and make safe decisions. Hiking in the White Mountains can be dangerous any time of year. Drastic changes in temperatures and conditions require hikers to be prepared for severe weather, freezing temperatures and darkness, regardless of the time of day one may be planning to hike. All hikers should carry essential equipment to be ready not just for the intended hike, but other issues that could arise. Please visit for more information.