Lost hiker rescued at Monadnock State Park in New Hampshire

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DUBLIN –– A 56-year-old Massachusetts woman was assisted off Mt. Monadnock by New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers on October 1 after getting lost during a hike.

The hiker, identified as Elaine Lewis of Weymouth, was reported lost at Monadnock State Park around 12:15 p.m. by a Mountain Patrol Ranger from the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Rangers were able to provide Conservation Officers with Lewis’ cell phone GPS coordinates, which placed her on the north side of Mt. Monadnock, halfway between the summit and Old Troy Road in Dublin.

After confirming the coordinates, officers guided Lewis, who was in a very rural area with minimal trails, to follow a stream down the mountain.

An officer met up with her around 1:30 p.m. and provided transportation back to the park headquarters.

Lewis was not injured during the incident, and officers provided her with water. Despite being prepared for a day’s hike, she was found to be without sufficient navigation tools, such as a map or compass.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department encourages outdoor enthusiasts to purchase a Hike Safe card to help support search and rescue activities.

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