Forest rangers, local police and volunteers are continuing to search New York’s Western High Peaks Wilderness for a hiker who has been missing since Sunday.
New York Department of Environmental Conservation officials received a call around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday from a family member of Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey. The callers said Stevens was overdue from a hike into the southern High Peaks Wilderness in the town of Newcomb, Essex County. Three DEC Forest Rangers responded to the Upper Works Trailhead at the end of Upper Works Road, off County Route 25, and located Stevens’ vehicle. An entry in the trailhead register dated September 2, indicates he planned to spend three days in the wilderness. It is believed he may have been planning to camp in the area around Wallface Mountain.
DEC officials say Stevens is a 28-year-old, 5-foot 11-inch, 220 pound, white male with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen on September 2nd near the base of Wallface Mountain – a remote peak popular among climbers – wearing sandals, shorts, and a dark blue t-shirt. He may be carrying a green colored, light backpack with a silver foam bed roll attached. He has longer hair that he typically wears in a “bun,” and glasses.
According to an article on AdirondackDailyEnterprise.com, people who spoke with Stevens at the trailhead on September 2 say he seemed unprepared for a long hike, wearing open-toed sandals and carrying a small backpack. They say he was also starting unusually late in the day.
However, rescuers believe Stevens reached the summit of Wallface. On Monday, they found items belonging to him near the summit, including a strap that matched one on the hammock he bought and two foam ear plugs. He reportedly needed ear plugs to sleep.