Rangers locate lost hiker, hunter

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped a lost hiker, an injured hiker and a lost hunter last week.

Town of Keene

At 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, a 46-year-old Saratoga woman called for help after she became lost while hiking solo in Keene Valley. The woman lost the trail markers on her descent and instead of retracing her steps, kept going.

One ranger was dispatched and the woman was told to stay at her location. The ranger located the woman in a beaver swamp near state Route 73, and escorted her back to the trailhead by 8 p.m.

Town of North Elba

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, DEC dispatch received a call about a 20-year-old Lake Placid man who had become separated from his hunting party near the Northville-Placid Trail.

Six rangers were dispatched, and cell phone coordinates placed the man in the vicinity of Moose Pond. As the weather deteriorated into near-blizzard conditions, the man was located at about 10 p.m. The man was escorted out of the woods in good health.

Town of Chesterfield

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, DEC dispatch received a call about a 55-year-old Keeseville woman who had injured her ankle while hiking Poke-O-Moonshine mountain.

Five rangers responded to assist, and the woman was able to walk about halfway down the trail, where she was met by an ATV for transport to the trailhead. At 3:08 p.m., the woman and her party were out of the woods, and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment.