Albany County

Thacher Park’s Indian Ladder Trail remains closed after 7 weeks

Loose rocks remain a concern; inspection due
The Indian Ladder Trail at John Boyd Thacher Park remains closed.
The Indian Ladder Trail at John Boyd Thacher Park remains closed.

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VOORHEESVILLE — John Boyd Thacher Park’s Indian Ladder Trail, a popular spot for hikers, has been closed for seven weeks — most of the summer.

The trail inside the park was shut down July 2 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, where an ambulance crew rushed her to Albany Medical Center Hospital.

The woman’s identity, and medical condition, have not been released.

A notice on the park’s website has said for several weeks that the “The Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher State Park is closed until further notice.”

Dan Keefe, a spokesman for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said help is coming.

“We’re going to bring in some rock scalers from the Finger Lakes region, they have the gorge parks,” Keefe said. “They’ve been trained to go through and remove the loose rocks. That’s the plan for the Indian Ladder Trail.

“The crew that does the rock scaling is assigned to work in Finger Lakes parks,” Keefe added. “It’s their busy season, so we’re waiting so we can schedule them to come.”

Keefe had no timetable for the inspections.

The July 23 Indian Ladder Trail Run was not affected by the closure. Staffers from state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said the trail is not part of the runners’ course.

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