Injured hiker rescued in Washington

Photo of Kendra Baker

WASHINGTON — A woman was rescued from the Steep Rock Preserve after breaking her ankle while hiking Saturday morning.

Fire and EMS were called to help the injured 55-year-old hiker shortly before 11:20 a.m.

Steep Rock is a 998-acre preserve on Tunnel Road with hiking trails, according to the Steep Rock Association.

Emergency personnel staged at the main parking lot near the preserve’s riding ring. The gate to the preserve was locked so initial access was made using a quad, according to dispatch reports.

Shortly after Washington firefighters and EMS got to the scene, and mutual aid was requested from New Milford’s Northville Volunteer Fire Department.

After determining that the hiker was near Steep Rock’s SR2 campground, first responders located her about 50 yards away from a footbridge in the area around 12:30 p.m., according to dispatch reports.

The injured hiker was loaded into a stokes basket and transported on a utility vehicle to an ambulance waiting off the trail.