Ranger Rescue In North Elba

A rescue in North Elba. On Sept. 2 at 5:47 p.m., a call came in to DEC ‘s Ray Brook Dispatch from the husband of a hiker on Street and Nye Mountain Trail with a hiking group. Earlier in the day, they crossed Indian Pass Brook, which has no bridge, on their way to the High Peaks Wilderness area. However, upon returning to that same crossing the river had swollen dramatically from all-day heavy rains. Now stranded with rapids separating them from the trailhead, the two females and one male hiker from Minnesota called to see what they should do. Forest Rangers requested that the party remain where they were and they would quickly respond to help. Forest Rangers Kevin Burns and James Giglinto entered the backcountry crossing of Indian Pass Brook, which is more than a mile from the trailhead by foot. At 7:42 p.m., Forest Rangers arrived at Indian Pass Brook and after weighing all options, it was decided the hikers should remain in the woods overnight. Forest Rangers managed to get overnight supplies to the hikers using a throw bag and walked them through starting a fire to get warm and comfortable. Forest Rangers returned the next morning to evaluate the conditions and at 7:13 a.m., Ranger Giglinto advised Dispatch that he had found the hikers on the Old Nye Ski trail and that they were all safely out of the woods.