Lieutenant James Kneeland
May 10, 2019
Lincoln, NH – Conservation Officers were called to the Falling Waters Trail in Lincoln for the second night in a row to assist a hiker. At 8:42 PM conservation officers were made aware of a hiker who was without a light and had very little gear to deal with the cold rain that had started to fall. Coordinates from 911 placed the hiker a little over a mile up the trail. A conservation officer was sent to the trail to assist the hiker out. Once the conservation officer reached the hiker, a light was provided and they hiked safely back to the trailhead where they arrived at about 10:30 PM.
The hiker identified as 49-year-old Jason Ross of Derry, NH, explained that he had hiked the Falling Waters/ Bridle Path Loop and as he neared the end of his hike he took a wrong turn and ended up hiking away from the trailhead and did not realize his mistake until after dark. Lacking a light, map, or rain gear he called for help. If Mr. Ross had these items he would have been able to get himself out without assistance.
As a reminder, deep snow persists throughout the White Mountains. Microspikes are still a necessity as the trails packed over the winter are last to thaw causing icy traveling. Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at wildnh.com/safe. The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com.