A Bozeman area man took ill in Yellowstone National Park during a backcountry camping trip.
Rangers rescued the man Wednesday June 10 when he became too ill to complete his planned hike. The man, a 53-year-old Montana resident, was on a three-day camping trip with his sister. Their trip started at the Hellroaring Trailhead, located just past Floating Island Lake near Tower Junction. They had planned to hike the Yellowstone River Trail to Gardiner, MT.
Park County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the incident, Yellowstone National Park Rangers and Fire Cache personnel were already assembled and on scene at the trailhead. A Hasty team of two horseback riders and a medic on foot responded to the location of the patient.
The Hasty team requested a life flight and Summit Air was dispatched. The man was loaded on a litter and transferred to a landing zone. The man was taken by the life flight to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
Neither the man’s name nor illness have been released at this time.
The Yellowstone River/Hellroaring Creek area is a popular hiking area within Yellowstone National Park. Hellroaring takes visitors high up to majestic stretches of landscape; it even includes a suspension bridge, which takes you across the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Hiking in Yellowstone National Park can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. As always however, exercise caution when traveling in Yellowstone backcountry.