The following is a list of Adirondack forest ranger search and rescue highlights for the week of January 11 to January 17, 2016.
Town of Austerlitz
Beebe Hill State Forest
Lost hiker: On January 12, 2016, at approximately 4:20 p.m., DEC dispatch received a request for assistance in locating a 66-year-old woman from Chatham, lost after hiking to the Beebe Hill fire tower. After hiking to the tower, the woman took the truck road back down the hill, but missed a turn that would have taken her back to the Barret Pond trailhead where she began her hike. She ended up at the Engle Road trail head. Unsure of where she was, the woman attempted to walk north on the truck road until it ended and turned into a heard path. She then called 911 and reported being lost. A DEC Forest Ranger and Columbia County Sheriff’s office responded and established a command post at the Barret Pond trail head. Crews began searching the trails leading from both the Barret Pond and Engle Road trail heads when the woman called 911 at 5:23 p.m. from a residence on Stonewall Road to let authorities know where she was. A sheriff’s deputy picked her up from the residence and drove her back to her vehicle.
Town of Hunter
Kaaterskill Wild Forest
Rescued hikers: On January 16, 2016, at 6:15 p.m., DEC dispatch received a call from Greene County 911 reporting three male hikers stranded near the top of Kaaterskill Falls. The hikers, all in good health, became stranded due to unsafe trail conditions. Three forest rangers responded and set up a rope safety line that allowed the hikers to safely hike up the trail to the top of the falls. The hikers met the rangers at the top of the falls and then walked out safely on the rail trail.