Two hikers from New York City got lost on Thomas Mountain near Lake George but managed to find their way to the cabin near the summit. Presumably, they were coming from Cat Mountain as the trail can be a bit hard to follow after leaves have fallen. From the cabin, you merely follow an old road to the parking area. However, the hikers in question were not prepared to travel at night, so they waited for a ranger to rescue them. Following is the latest Forest Ranger Report, covering November 20-26.
Town of Salem
Wildfire: Three Forest Rangers helped county volunteer firefighters extinguish a wildfire that burned through three acres of woodlands. The fire was caused by a resident dumping woodstove ashes outside without first making sure there were no burning coals. The homeowner was issued a ticket for leaving burning materials outside in a manner that can cause a wildfire.
Town of Bolton
Wildland Rescue: At 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 25, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from two New York City hikers lost on Thomas Mountain. The hikers could not find the trail but eventually made their way to a cabin near the summit. Unprepared to navigate at night, the pair remained at the cabin while Forest Ranger Art Perryman hiked to their location, provided necessary flashlights, and escorted the hikers back to their vehicle. By 7 p.m., all were back at the parking lot and the incident was concluded.
Town of Mayfield
Wildland Search: At 6:28 p.m. on Nov. 25, Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) Shane Manns was alerted to a hunter lost on Tolmantown Road. The 16-year-old male hunter became separated from his hunting party and was disoriented. Manns, Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Forest Rangers Dave Kallen and Andrew Lewis searched the area. At 9:26 p.m., the hunter was found and escorted out of the woods without further need of assistance.
Town of Indian Lake
Wildland Search: At 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 25, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch was notified of a 70-year-old man hunting in the Jessup River Wild Forest who had not returned to his hunting party. Four Forest Rangers began their search, which included a boat patrol along the shore of Indian Lake while Sheriff’s Deputies patrolled the state highway. At 11:08 p.m., the hunter was found in good health and escorted back to his vehicle.