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Troopers rescue hiker and dog from Crow Pass Trail

Alaska State Troopers said they rescued a woman and her dog from the Crow Pass Trail via helicopter on Sunday, the second such rescue in the past two summers along the popular trail within Chugach State Park.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the helicopter rescue took place Sunday afternoon.

“The limited info I have is that we got the report at about [4:34 p.m.] regarding a hiker that was about nine miles away from the nature center,” Peters wrote in a Monday email.

In an online trooper report posted Tuesday, troopers said Helo 3 was launched due to difficult terrain in the area.

“On June 16, 2019 at approximately 1634 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a request for assistance from the Alaska Park Rangers, regarding a hiker in need of aid,” troopers wrote. “It was reported that an adult female hiker was approximately 9 miles from the Eagle River Nature Center, and could not walk out on her own. Due to the difficult terrain in the area, Helo 3 was launched to assist. Helo 3 ultimately transported the hiker to the Eagle River Nature Center without incident.”

Peters said she did not know the condition of either the hiker or the dog, but said that to her knowledge no one was transported to the hospital. Peters said troopers believe the woman was attempting to hike from the Girdwood end of the 23-mile trail to the Eagle River Nature Center.

Chugach State Park Chief Ranger Ben Corwin said another ranger worked the Sunday rescue, but Corwin did have limited details about the incident Monday. He said authorities were notified of a hiker suffering from “debilitating muscle cramping” near Yakety Yak Creek along the trail, and that the hiker’s dog also appeared to be in rough shape.

“It sounded like [the hiker] was with a 140-pound St. Bernard whose legs and hips also quit working,” Corwin said.

One park ranger accompanied troopers to the scene of the rescue, Corwin said. Yakety Yak Creek is about a six mile hike from the Eagle River Nature Center and roughly 17 miles from the Crow Pass trailhead near Girdwood.

The incident marks the second time in two years troopers have airlifted a woman and a dog from the route between Girdwood and the Eagle River Nature Center. Last June, a 21-year-old woman and an Alaska husky were choppered out from near the Eagle River after the woman became cold and suffered injuries while hiking. In that case, hiker Amelia Milling credited a stray dog named Nanook with helping her survive the ordeal. Both Milling and Nanook were helicoptered out and the husky was later returned to its owner in Girdwood.


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