Rangers help lost, injured, tired hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were busy last week helping a number of hikers around the Adirondacks.

Town of Saranac

On Monday, April 22, DEC dispatch in Ray Brook was contacted by a 22-year-old Burke man who was worried he would not be able to finish his hike of Averill Peak in the Chazy Highlands. The mountain has no well-defined trail, and the hiker was exhausted and wet.

Three rangers responded and located the man moving down the trail. He was escorted back to his vehicle and did not need medical treatment.

Town of Warrensburg

On Monday, April 22 at 6:09 p.m., DEC dispatch received a transferred call from Warren County 911 from a 69-year-old Chicago woman who had become lost while hiking Hackensack Mountain.

Ranger Charles Kabrehl responded and located the woman at just after 7:30 p.m. He provided first aid and the woman was back to her vehicle before 9 p.m.

Town of North Elba

Just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, DEC dispatch received a report about a 17-year-old Ballston Spa male who had suffered a non-weight-bearing lower-leg injury while hiking Mount Colden.

State Police Aviation flew a helicopter with rangers aboard to the mountain, and the injured male was airlifted off the mountain. Rangers assisted three other 17-year-olds in the hiking group back to the trailhead before midnight.

Town of North Elba

Just before 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, Ranger Dan Fox assisted a 75-year-old Elmira woman who was having difficulty descending Cascade Mountain.

Fox located the injured hiker and her group at 9:15 p.m. and escorted them back to the trailhead.