Injured hiker rescued near Palisade Falls

Posted at 10:59 AM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 12:59:17-04

BOZEMAN – A hiker near Palisade Falls in Hyalite was rescued Sunday evening after she slipped while hiking.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue,  Hyalite Fire Department, and an American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance responded to the call for a backcountry rescue shortly before 6:30 p.m.

The 58-year-old female visiting from Florida slipped and sustained a severe injury to one of her ankles, preventing her from being able to put any weight on it.  Other hikers in the area had to hike back to the trailhead and drive out of Hyalite Canyon to get enough cell phone service to call for help.

Rescuers hiked to the injured woman and provided first aid then used a specialized wheeled litter to transport her to the trailhead.  The AMR ambulance transported the woman to Bozeman Health Hospital.

“Our backyard is backcountry, a relatively simple injury on the M or up Hyalite becomes more complicated sometimes than just hobbling to the car and driving to urgent care,” said Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin.  “Get out and be active, that’s one of the cool things about living here but make sure and be prepared.”