Rangers helped rescue two groups of hikers in the Adirondacks on Friday, April 3.
According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch shortly before 1 p.m. from two distressed hikers on Hurricane Mountain. The 18-year-old male and 17-year-old female from Plattsburgh, New York, said they had become exhausted after post-holing through the snow and could no longer continue to ascend or descend the mountain. They had no snowshoes and no extra clothing. DEC Forest Rangers responded and reached the hikers at 3:36 p.m. The rangers provided the teens with warm footwear and snowshoes and escorted them back to the trailhead. No medical attention was required. The incident concluded at 5:38 p.m.
Later that evening, at 8:34 p.m., Washington County 911 transferred a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch from three lost hikers on Buck Mountain. Two 18-year-old males from Glens Falls and one 19-year-old male from Queensbury had lost the trail due to darkness and did not have lights, a map or compass to find their way back to the trailhead. Washington County 911 obtained the GPS coordinates of their cell phone. DEC Forest Rangers responded and located the men off the trail in a drainage area at 12:36 a.m. where they had started a campfire to keep warm. The rangers escorted them back to the trailhead. No medical attention was required. The incident concluded at 2:20 a.m.