Lost Hiker found safely.

Tabitha A. Morrill.

 

Lost Hiker Found Safely

Lost Hiker on Garfield Ridge Trail, Lincoln


At 7:30 pm on May 23, 2018, New Hampshire Fish and Game was alerted of a lost hiker on the Garfield Ridge Trail in Franconia. Tabitha A. Morrill, 32, of Haverhill, MA, was hiking by herself when she became lost. She intended to hike up Falling Waters Trail and descend on the Greenleaf Trail and the Old Bridle Path. She somehow walked by the Greenleaf Trail to the AMC Greenleaf Hut and continued on past the Skookumchuck Trail onto the Garfield Ridge Trail. She called a friend to tell her that she was lost and panicking, and the friend called authorities to notify them of Morrill's situation.

At around 10:30 pm, personnel from the AMC Greenleaf Hut located Morrill on the Garfield Ridge Trail. Because of increasing winds, lowering temperatures and predicted precipitation, it became necessary for rescue personnel to assist Morrill in hiking down the Skookumchuck Trail to Franconia Notch. Fish and Game Conservation Officers met Morrill and AMC personnel on the Skookumchuck Trail and assisted Morrill on her descent. They reached Franconia Notch at 3:00am.

Morrill was equipped for a day hike but did not have the proper gear to stay overnight in the mountains in the conditions she encountered. She failed to bring a map with her, which is one of the 10 essential items recommended in the Hikesafe program. Please visit www.hikesafe.com for a list of recommended hiking equipment. The Fish and Game Department would like to again remind hikers and adventurers to make complete preparations and safe decisions as they enjoy the White Mountains.


Posted 5/24/18

 

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