The view from Little Haystack in Franconia

Feb 14, 2016 9:49 AM

65-year-old hiker dies near Little Haystack summit in Franconia

FRANCONIA - A 65-year-old hiker died on the Franconia Ridge trail near the summer of Little Haystack Mountain on Saturday.

According to the N.H. Fish and Game Department, the man's hiking companions say he collapsed near the summit around 11 a.m. They were unable to call for help because their cell phones were out of charge. Other hikers with working cell phones were able to contact conservation officers around 1 p.m. and reported the man was dead.

Due to the heavy winds and cold temperatures, the group, including the caretaker of the UNH Outing Club cabin, carried the victim about three miles where they met up with a rescue team from the Fish and Game Department.

The hikers had planned a day trip going up the Falling Waters trail to Franconia Ridge and down the Old Bridle Path, a distance of nine miles.

The group was experienced and had successfully completed this hike on many occasions, conservation officers said.

An autopsy is planned for Sunday. The identity of the deceased has not been released pending notification to family.

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