ESSEX COUNTY - Town of North Hudson (Dix Mountain Wilderness) Lost Hiker:
On April 10 at 12:40 a.m., DEC Central Dispatch received notification from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) of a personal locator beacon (PLB) emergency activation alert. A 52-year-old man from Voorheesville, NY and a 40-year-old woman from Albany, NY activated the PLB near the Slide Brook lean-to in the Dix Mountain Wilderness Area, reporting they were lost. One DEC Forest Ranger responded from Elk Lake Lodge at 1:10 a.m. The Ranger utilized a fatbike to enter Slide Brook and began hiking a herd path up Macomb Mountain. The Ranger located the hikers at 3:53 a.m. approximately 1/2 mile up the herd path along the brook. The hikers had started a small fire for warmth and were in good health. The Ranger escorted them out to the Elk Lake Trailhead. The incident concluded at 5:30 a.m.