19th hiker rescued by DEC in 2021

Huckleberry Point Trail.

HUNTER — A Long Island woman became the 19th hiker rescued by state Forest Rangers in Greene County this year after she was injured Monday while hiking in Hunter, state Department of Environmental Conservations spokesman Jeff Wernick said.

The woman, 67, from West Hampton Beach, slipped and fell on the Huckleberry Point Trail in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest area, Wernick said.

On Monday at about 2:55 p.m., Forest Ranger Katherine Fox responded to the area after receiving a report of an injured hiker. The hiker was found two and a half miles from the trailhead on Platte Clove Road and was accompanied by family members, Wernick said.

Ranger Jason Seeley and Assistant Forest Ranger Aaron France also responded.

After they arrived on the scene, rangers administered basic first aid for a scrape and bruise on the woman’s face and stabilized her injured left shoulder in a sling. Rangers then assisted the woman out of the woods.

Once they arrived back at the trailhead, the hiker declined additional medical care, stating she would seek treatment on her own.

All rangers were clear of the scene at 8:14 p.m.

The Huckleberry Point Trail covers 2.4 miles, with an elevation gain of 644 feet. Hikers are promised rewarding views of the Hudson Valley, Overlook Mountain and peaks in the Indian Head Wilderness to the southwest, according to the DEC.

Monday’s rescue was the 19th by state forest rangers this year. More than 40 hikers in all have been rescued in the town of Hunter after they became lost or injured.

Two hikers died in 2021. On May 1, police found the body of a 36-year-old man at Kaaterskill Falls. And on March 14, a 62-year-old man died while hiking on the Becker Trail.

Nine hikers were rescued in August. One of them was taken to Albany Medical Center.

There were five rescues by rangers in July. All of those hikers were from out of the area.

Rangers rescued two hikers in May and three more in June. April saw one hiker, with his dog, rescued.

There were two in March, and two more in January.

If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on State lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they should call 911, Wernick said.

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