Lt. William Boudreau
May 17, 2019
Jaffrey, NH – On Thursday, May 16 at approximately 7:40 PM New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified by Keene Mutual Aid that a hiker was injured on the White Cross Trail at Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey. The hiker was located below the summit near the upper junction of the White Cross and White Dot trails. The hiker was identified as a 17-year-old female of Troy, NH. The minor began hiking around 4:30 PM with two companions. She sustained an injury to her lower left leg at approximately 5:35 PM while descending the White Cross Trail. The group contacted 911 for assistance.
Due to the location of the injured hiker a team of over 20 rescuers from a number of agencies and volunteers responded. Conservation Officers were assisted by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, The Jaffrey Fire Department, The Rindge Fire Department, Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team, and a volunteer. The hiker’s injury was stabilized and she was able to walk with assistance for short distances. Most of the way she was unable to walk and needed to be carried in a litter by rescuers.
Rescue personnel carried the victim down the remainder of the White Cross Trail to the State Park Headquarters arriving at approximately 2:30 AM Friday morning. The injured hiker refused to be transported by the Jaffrey Rindge Memorial Ambulance and was taken to the hospital by her mother.
This incident is a good reminder to all people recreating in the outdoors to plan appropriately when hiking. When hiking in the mountains, always carry appropriate equipment for unexpected situations and be prepared to spend the night if necessary. Having appropriate gear aids in safety. Please visit www.hikesafe.com for a list of recommended hiking equipment.