Hikers Stranded at Kaaterskill Falls

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Hikers Stranded at Kaaterskill Falls

New postby dave » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:44 pm

Kaaterskill Wild Forest

Rescued hikers: On January 16, 2016, at 6:15 p.m., DEC dispatch received a call from Greene County 911 reporting three male hikers stranded near the top of Kaaterskill Falls. The hikers, all in good health, became stranded due to unsafe trail conditions. Three Forest Rangers responded and set up a rope safety line that allowed the hikers to safely hike up the trail to the top of the falls. The hikers met the Rangers at the top of the falls and then walked out safely on the rail trail.

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In the Winter months hikers should ALWAYS carry microspikes. Even when there isn't any snow. Icy conditions can occur anywhere. Hikers have slid off Kaaterskill Falls before, so caution should always be exercised.
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Re: Hikers Stranded at Kaaterskill Falls

New postby Birdman » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:21 pm

Thankful they were eventually safe. As I reported back in December when I first encountered the falls from Laurel House Rd and reported open for only that new trail to the viewing platform. I had hiked to the lower falls first and there were signs not to continue and punishable by law to continue. I wonder where they were climbing from?? Thanks for the post Dave. Regards.
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Re: Hikers Stranded at Kaaterskill Falls

New postby mtnclimber » Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:03 pm

Seems to me that they were climbing from the base to the top. Some of the stairs are installed. Better to get help then slide off the rim.
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Re: Hikers Stranded at Kaaterskill Falls

New postby dundee » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:17 am

Perhaps they were climbing up the other side from the stairs, towards the dog memorial, IDK.
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