May 26, 2018
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Hiker injured on Dorr Mountain

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A French man was injured Sunday while hiking along a trail with a view of Frenchman Bay, according to a park ranger.

The 40-year-old man was hiking up the Kurt Diedrich’s Trail toward the summit of Dorr Mountain when he slipped, Ranger Richard Rechholtz said Sunday. In keeping with the park’s policy about injured visitors, Rechholtz did not release the man’s name.

The man was hiking with his family around 1 p.m. when he slipped and apparently broke his leg, the ranger said. Nine park rangers and five members of Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue assisted at the scene.

The responders strapped the man into a litter and carried him back down the trail to a waiting ambulance, which transported the man to MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor, Rechholtz said. The carryout effort, which included the use of ropes at one section of the trail, took about three hours to complete.

Rechholtz said the trail, which has a lot of steps, can be quite challenging.
The hiker was not that far up the trail when he was injured, he said, but the steepness of the trail prolonged the time it took to carry him out.

The conditions have dried up a bit since a spell of wet weather contributed to several hiking injuries last month, he said, but leaves along the trail also can reduce traction.

“It can be slippery,” Rechholtz said. “It can be quite narrow.”

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