NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers rescued six hikers from Little Haystack Mountain on Friday, June 1. Josie Rogers and Christopher Kangas of St. Johnsbury VT and 4 children ages 8,6,5 and 2 became lost on the Falling Waters Trail and were ill prepared for the hike.
Initially the group said they could make it down the mountain safely but ended up taking the wrong trail, they were using a cell phone to illuminate the path. They were rescued shortly before midnight.
Recent rain left the trail extremely wet and made maneuvering the trail difficult. The group was wearing sneakers and sandals not suitable for hiking. The Conservation Officers and the passerby hikers each helped carry the children in the group down the trail. At approximately 4:30 am, all members of the group and rescuers made it safely down the mountain to the trail-head.
NH Fish and Game reminds you to pack appropriate clothing and equipment while hiking. Hikes often take longer than anticipated and weather is unpredictable. Having appropriate gear aides in safety. Please visit www.hikesafe.com for a list of recommended equipment.