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Hikers Lost

On July 16, 2017, a group of eight hikers were hiking to the Palenville Overlook. They could not figure out how to get back to their car. DEC Ranger Pachan discovered that they were on the Sleepy Hollow Horse Trail. He was able to guide them back to their car. Click image for more details (Jul 16)
hikers lost at palenville overlook hike in the catskill mountains


Hiker Lost

On July 3, 2017, a group of hikers were hiking the Balsam Lake Trail. They had taken a wrong turn and got lost. When it got dark they called the DEC for help. Ranger Shea hiked in and provided headlamps and hiked them out. Click image for more details (Jul 3)
hikers lost on the balsam lake trail in the catskill mountains


Hiker Injured

On July 3, 2017, an older hiker was injured between Slide Mtn and Cornell Mtn. DEC had to call in a helicopter to extract the injured hiker. He was then transported to the hospital. Click image for more details (Jul 3)
fisherman in ulster county arrested at camp site due to being wanted in florida in the catskill mountains


Camper Arrested

On June 29, 2017, a DEC ECO visited a camp site to find a burning camp fire with no one present. When the campers later returned it was discovered that one of the men was wanted. He was immediately arrested. Click image for more details (Jun 29)
fisherman in ulster county arrested at camp site due to being wanted in florida in the catskill mountains


Hiker Lost

On June 29, 2017, a hiker was overdue to return from a hike on Indianhead Mountain. DEC Forest Ranger Nelson was called to find the lost 17-year-old hiker. It was determined that he was actually hiking on Plateau Mountain. Click image for more details (Jun 29)
hiker lost on Plateau mountain in the catskill mountains


Hiker Injured

On the afternoon of June 25, 2017, a hiker was injured on Westkill Mountain. Five DEC Rangers were dispatched to the mountain, where they brought in a helicopter to extract him off the mountain. Click image for more details (Jun 25)
hiker with leg injury on westkill mountain in the catskill mountains


Hikers Lost

On the afternoon of June 22, 2017, two 74-year-old hikers were lost on the mountain bike trails of Elm Ridge. DEC Ranger Nelson is credited in finding them and leading them back to their car on Peck Road. Click image for more details (Jun 22)
hiker with leg injury on westkill mountain in the catskill mountains


Hiker Injured

On the afternoon of June 20, 2017, a hiker was hit in the head with a rock below Kaaterskill Falls. Hunter Ambulance and Tannersville Search & Rescue responded to the scene. Click image for more details (Jun 21)
hiker hit in the head by a rock at kaaterskill falls in the catskill mountains


Hikers Lost

Late in the day on June 17, 2017 a group of hikers got lost on Panther Mountain. Their group leader called for help. Two DEC Forest Rangers conducted a Search for the hikers, and they were found exhausted on the Fox Hollow Trail. Click image for more details (Jun 21)
hikers lost near panther mountain


Biker Injured

A 50-year-old biker had a serious bicycling accident in the Fun Loops / Elm Ridge area of Windham on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. He suffered several broken bones. Click image for more details (Jun 15)
hikers lost off the escarpment trail near the catskill mountain house site


Hiker Lost

A group of hikers from New Jersey were stating at the North-South Lake Campground. They decided to take a side trail near the Catskill Mountain House site and got lost. NYS Ranger quickly found them. Click image for more details (Jun 5)
hikers lost off the escarpment trail near the catskill mountain house site


Funds for Trails

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the dedication of a five-person summer trail crew for the Catskill Park. The five-person team will have 5 projects to be completed this summer. Some of the projects have been on hold for years. Click image for more details (Jun 5)
trail work team dedicated for the catskill mountains for the summer of 2017


Hiker Injured

On Sunday, February 19, 2017 a hiker was hiking deep inside Platte Clove when he fell and was injured. Fire and Rescue had to use ropes and climbing gear to extract the 50-year-old hiker out of the clove. Click image for more details (Jan 29)
hiker fell inside the ice covered platte clove, and receives minor injuries on sunday fabruary 19, 2017


Ice Climber Injured

On Sunday, January 29, 2017 an ice climber fell in Platte Clove. They were transported to Albany Medical Center by helicopter. Click image for more details (Jan 29)
ice climber fell in platte clove, and is seriously injured and transported to albany medical center via helicopter on sunday january 29, 2017


Hiker Injured

On Sunday, Junuary 29, 2017 around noon time, a 26-year-old female hiker fell off the lower part of Kaaterskill Fall. Investigators surmise that she probably slipped, and fell off. She is reported in Serious condition, and is expected to survive. She was transported to Albany Medical Center by helicopter. Click image for more details (Jan 29)
hiker falls off kaaterskill falls, and is seriously injured and transported to albany medical center via helicopter on sunday january 29, 2017


Hiker SAR

On Sunday, Junuary 22, 2017 a group of HVH hikers were hiking Fir and Big Indian. One of the hikers became tired, and the group of 18 left him behind. When the hiker could not make it out of the woods, this started a massive SAR mission Click image for more details (Jan 29)
hiker lost on big indian sparks SAR on january 22, 2017


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