A group of "ambitious" hikers from New York City and others had to be rescued while hiking in the Hudson Valley.
On Saturday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., Greene County 911 contacted Forest Rangers for assistance with two lost hikers from Brooklyn at Kaaterskill High Peak. Rangers Dawson and Gullen responded.
The hikers were on what the DEC describes as an "ambitious day hike" covering 12 miles, leaving them without headlamps after dark.
As Rangers hiked in, they received calls about two other hiking groups needing assistance on the Becker Hollow trail at Hunter Mountain and on the Long Path near Platte Clove Road, also due to darkness and hikers not having lights.
Rangers Ellis and Martin responded to search for these groups, while Rangers Gullen and Dawson proceeded to bushwhack in to locate the Brooklyn hikers approximately one mile in on the trail. Ranger Dawson hiked the group out while Ranger Gullen proceeded to locate the other hiking groups.
Ranger Gullen made contact with the lost hikers on the Long Path and determined this group was able to hike out with the use of cell phone lights. Rangers Martin and Ellis responded to Becker Hollow. As they prepared to hike in, the separated members of the hiking group came out to the trailhead. All three search calls were concluded at 9:15 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 10, around 6:10 p.m., Greene County 911 requested Ranger assistance at Kaaterskill Falls for a report of a 40-year-old hiker with a head injury. Ranger Gullen responded and located the hiker.
Ranger Gullen provided first aid and assisted the subject to the trailhead. The hiker refused additional medical care.
On Oct. 11, at 4:20 p.m. hikers called Greene County 911 to request medical assistance for a 70-year-old hiker experiencing a heart-related problem two miles in on the Huckleberry Point Trail. Rangers Dawson, Fox, Gullen, and Assistant Forest Ranger (AFR) France responded, along with Tannersville Rescue and a Greene County paramedic.
Tannersville drove the paramedic in by UTV most of the distance, with a short hike at the end to reach the hiker.
A Ranger truck was staged a mile in for communication relay and to provide additional resources. The hiker was evaluated by the paramedic and able to walk out to the UTV. The hiker and rescuers were driven out to the Kaaterskill High Peak trailhead where the subject was further evaluated by Hunter Ambulance EMS.
At 6:45 p.m., the hiker declined further medical attention.
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