Two Hikers Rescued from Glacier’s Highline Trail

Different incidents called in simultaneously lead to two different helicopter assists

By Molly Priddy

Rescue crews in Glacier National Park responded to two simultaneous emergencies on the Highline Trail on July 10.

The first call came in a little after 1 p.m. on Sunday, park spokesperson Margie Steigerwald said. A woman in her 60s apparently experienced a knee injury two-to-three miles down the trail from Logan Pass.

While search and rescue crews were gearing up to respond, another call came in, this time about an unconscious hiker further down the trail from the woman with the knee injury.

Steigerwald said the unconscious person was flown on an ALERT helicopter to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. The woman with the knee injury also received a helicopter assist, otherwise it would have “taken several hours to hand-carry out of where she was,” Steigerwald said.

Two Bear Air responded and moved the woman from the trail to Big Bend, where Three Rivers ambulance met and transported her to medical care.

Both incidents were ended by 8:40 p.m., Steigerwald said.

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