HAINES FALLS–A 52-year-old woman hiking off the main designated Kaaterskill Falls trail on Sunday lost her footing and was injured after she hit her head on a rock and slid down an 8-foot slope, authorities said.
The unidentified woman from Loudonville sustained a laceration to the head and was temporarily unconscious, according to Wendy Rosenbach from the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s communication office.
Once the woman regained consciousness, she was coherent and able to walk out of the woods at 2:45 p.m. to a waiting ambulance on state Route 23A, Rosenbach said. The woman was then taken to Albany Medical Center.
incident, which happened on Sunday at 1:25 p.m., brought out DEC forest rangers as well as the Palenville, Tannersville and Haines Falls fire departments.
Greene County paramedics, Hunter police and Hunter ambulance assisted in the rescue effort and provided medical treatment at the scene.
In recent years, several people have died from falling off the steep slopes surrounding the two-tiered, 260-foot waterfall between the hamlets of Haines Falls and Palenville.
Last July, a 17-year-old boy from New Jersey slipped on a wet, moss-covered rock and fell 50 feet to his death.
Three years ago, a 23-year-old Wappingers Falls woman fell 155 feet to her death after she lost her footing in an unmarked area of the falls. A month earlier, another Dutchess County woman died after falling 40 feet.
The DEC has posted signs warning about the dangers of the slippery terrain and stressing that hikers stay on the well-marked trail.