Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
December 6, 2022
North Conway, NH – On Monday, December 5, 2022, shortly after 12:00 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a hiker was injured on the Peaked Mountain Trail. The hiker was Mary Ellen Morris, 65, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Morris was hiking with her husband Michael when she slipped on an ice-covered rock. As a result, she sustained an injury to her ankle which prevented her from continuing under her own power. She was one mile from the nearest trailhead. They were able to phone 911 for help.
Along with Conservation Officers, members of North Conway Fire, Action Ambulance, and Lakes Region Search and Rescue responded. Morris was treated, placed in a litter, and carried out to the trailhead. She arrived back at the trailhead shortly after 3:00 p.m. and was taken from the scene by Action Ambulance to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway for treatment.
It is important to note that winter conditions including snow and ice are now present in the mountains. Anyone venturing out should expect to encounter winter trail conditions.
Lakes Region Search and Rescue is a dedicated volunteer search and rescue organization whose members work hard to maintain the skills and equipment necessary to carry out rescues across the state. Anyone can donate to LRSAR through the New Hampshire Outdoor Council at www.nhoutdoorcouncil.org. Donations are fully tax deductible. Outdoor enthusiasts are also encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at www.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.