Rangers rescue lost hikers, kayakers

New York state forest rangers respond to calls from lost and injured backcountry users on both public and private land this past week.

Town of North Elba

On Thursday, June 23, Department of Environmental Conservation dispatch in Ray Brook received a call about an injured 17-year-old woman on Allen Mountain.

The woman, from Scarsdale, suffered a knee injury while hiking the mountain. Her companions helped her down the trail but called for assistance since they didn’t think they’d make it to the trailhead before dark.

Rangers located the hikers at 10:15 p.m. and escorted them out to the trailhead.

Town of Newcomb

An 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman from Odessa, in Scuyler County, called for help on June 23 at 9:21 p.m.

The pair reported that they were lost on Mount Jo, but coordinates from the pair’s cellphone put them on the Indian Pass Trail near Wallface Mountain.

Despite being told by dispatch to remain in place, the pair decided to keep walking.

Rangers coming from the south could not locate them since they had moved, and a ranger coming from the north found them at the Adirondak Loj.

The pair received hiking safety tips from the rangers before the incident concluded at 1:10 a.m. on June 24.

Town of Oswegatchie

At 4:21 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, DEC dispatch in Albany received a request for assistance from New York State Police in Canton for overdue kayakers.

Forest rangers and state police aviation responded to the Little River in Oswegatchie, where the kayakers were located in good health shortly after 9 a.m.