LINCOLN — Conservation officers say three hikers from Manchester were found safe Saturday night after becoming lost while hiking near the Flume Gorge in Lincoln.
According to New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Thomas Dakai, around 6:20 p.m. Saturday a group of hikers called 911 for help somewhere near the Flume Slide Trail in Lincoln.
According to Dakai, three hikers from Manchester — identified by Dakai as Adam Bull, 34, Dawna Jones, 36, and an 11-year-old minor — set out from the Flume Visitor’s Center around 1:30 p.m., with no real plan for a hike but ended up along the Flume Slide Trail.
The hikers lost the trail around 3 p.m. and attempted to find their way down until they called 911 at 6:20 p.m.
Conservation officers were notified and spoke with the hiking party by telephone, attempting to direct them back to the trail, but after the group was unable to locate it a rescue response was launched.
According to Dakai, around 9:47 p.m. conservation officers located the hikers near the Flume Gorge Trail System, not far from a rain shelter. The hikers were very cold but uninjured, Dakai said.
After providing warm and dry clothing to the hikers, the entire party traveled back down without further incident, reaching the trailhead around 11 p.m.
According to Dakai, the hikers were not prepared for the winter conditions that are still present in the White Mountains, and did not have adequate cold weather gear, lights or navigation equipment such as a dedicated GPS or map and compass.
Conservation officers remind people planning to hike the White Mountains that trails there remain packed with feet of snow and ice.
Weather may appear warm and comfortable at lower elevations during daytime, but temperatures quickly turn colder at higher elevations or when the sun sets.