A visitor from New York City may think twice the next time they make the drive up to the Hudson Valley after an accident required a wilderness rescue from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) forest rangers.

While there's no shortage of beautiful hiking trails in our corner of New York, many of them come with some serious risks. Whether it's the sheer drops of Bonticou Crag or the steep slopes of Mount Beacon, sure-footedness is key to staying out of the hospital. A tourist from New York City recently learned this the hard way.

View of North-South Lake in Greene County, NY (Google)
View of North-South Lake in Greene County, NY (Google)

NYS DEC Wilderness Rescue in Greene County, NY

"Greene County Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance for a hiker who fell on Artists Rock trail at North-South Lake Campground", began a recent press release from the NYS DEC. The 6.2-mile loop hike is listed as moderately difficult, but a 10-foot fall left the hiker from the city incapacitated (below).


Artists Rock Trail Rescue Details

"The 60-year-old from New York City fell approximately 10 feet and suffered a one-inch laceration on the bridge of her nose. The subject was also having trouble breathing", reported the NYS DEC. "Paramedics arrived and provided medical care. Rangers Dawson and Fox packaged the subject into a wheeled litter and delivered her to a waiting ambulance." With more and more explorers taking advantage of the beautiful New York summer, this wasn't the only rescue last week.


In Essex County, NY, forest rangers helped reunite a lost child with her family after they became separated on a hike in the Adirondacks. In Franklin County, NY, a man and his son were rescued after severe leg cramps stranded the father at Clamshell Pond.

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While rangers are stationed throughout New York State, the best way to stay safe is to be prepared before you hike. Whether it's a reunification plan if your party loses track of one another, proper hydration to avoid cramps, or proper footwear, there are myriad ways to stop disaster before it happens. Check out more safety tips below.

Hiking Safety Tips

Before you head off on your hike, let's go over a few tips to help keep you safe. It's best to be overprepared than underprepared, especially when it comes to your safety.

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