Search and Rescue dispatched for three injured hiker calls in Custer State Park Saturday
CUSTER COUNTY, S.D. — On Saturday, Custer County Search and Rescue responded to three calls for injured hikers at the Sylvan Lake Trailhead and along Trail #9, which runs from Sylvan Lake to Black Elk Peak.
The first call came in around noon for two injured hikers on Trail 9 who had both hurt their ankles after slipping on the icy, snow-packed trail. The first victim was already back at the trailhead before CCSAR arrived. The second victim was rescued using CCSAR’s side-by-side, which had been set up with snow tracks prior to last week’s blizzard and was perfect for the current conditions above Sylvan Lake.
After completing the first call, CCSAR was called out again for a report of another hiker who had fallen on the icy trail and possibly had a broken wrist. A first responder from Cheyenne River was able to get the patient to the trailhead.
A third call came in for two elderly female hikers who reportedly needed assistance coming back down from Black Elk Peak. Moments after the call came in, the two were located by other responders at the trailhead and were safe.
Agencies on scene at the Sylvan Lake Trailhead and along Trail #9 included Cheyenne River First Responders, Custer Ambulance Service, Custer State Park Rangers, and Custer County Search & Rescue.
Custer County Search & Rescue would like to thank all who helped out on what was, “quite a day.”
This time of year as the weather is warming up and people are headed outside, CCSAR would like to remind people that conditions in Rapid City or on the Plains can be much nicer than up in the elevations above 5,000 ft., where winter is still hanging on.
Anyone hiking on icy trails is advised to use cleats and hiking poles to help prevent these kinds of injuries. Be sure to bring extra clothing for unexpectedly colder weather, and always let someone know where you expect to be and when you’ll be back.