Albany County

Thacher Park’s Indian Ladder Trail remains closed

Woman was injured by falling rock
The overlook in John Boyd Thacher Park seen in 2013.
The overlook in John Boyd Thacher Park seen in 2013.

The Indian Ladder Trail, a popular hiking spot in John Boyd Thacher Park, remains closed.

The notice has been posted on the Voorheesville park’s website.

Park officials closed Indian Ladder last Sunday afternoon after a 60-year-old woman was struck in the head by a falling rock. Rescue personnel needed a body stretcher to carry the injured woman off the trail and to higher ground.

The woman, who was hiking with at least two other people, was unable to speak at the scene. She was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital.

For now, there are no warning signs in place on the trail. Park officials continue to check for loose rocks and examine the trail.

“The findings of the investigation will determine if or any next steps need to be taken or if any other activities need to be cancelled,” said Randy Simons, public information officer for New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, in a Friday email note.

The 23rd Indian Ladder Trail Run—which includes a 15K race and two other races—is scheduled for Sunday, July 23.

Simons also said the name of the woman has not been released out of respect for her family.

The incident took place around noon, and more than a dozen members of the East Berne and New Salem fire departments and Albany County Sheriff’s Department were at the scene.

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