On Monday, January 2, 2023 at 2:15 p.m., NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s dispatch office in Ray Brook, Essex County, NY, requested NYS Forest Ranger assistance with a hiker who collapsed in the snow on Johns Brook Trail. The trail, located in Keene Valley in Essex County is one of the most popular accesses to the Adirondack High Peaks.
The original call indicated the 22-year-old from Ellenburg Depot in Clinton County was three-quarters of a mile in on the trail. At 4:30 p.m., Rangers found the subject and the caller 2.5 miles in on the trail in hazardous conditions.
Rangers used backpack carriers and reached the Garden Trailhead at 9:25 p.m., where they were met by a Keene Valley ambulance.
The hiker was taken to Elizabethtown Hospital for further medical care.
Volunteers from the Keene Valley Fire Department’s Backcountry Rescue Team assisted with the carryout.
Photo of hiker being rescued on Johns Brook Trail on January 2, 2023 provided by DEC.