A mother became separated while hiking with her family in Ulster County over the weekend.

On July 7, a father hiking with his family on Wittenberg Mountain had bailed out early from hiking with his wife and three children (ages 11, 16, and 18).

While waiting for them to return, he was notified by another hiker that the group might be in trouble after hearing a woman calling for help off the trail and coming across three teenagers looking for their mom.

The father notified the Woodland caretaker who then contacted Forest Ranger Kevin Slade to respond. While interviewing the father, the 16-year-old daughter came out of the trail to get help and confirmed that they had made voice contact with her mother but described her as downhill off the trail and possibly injured.

Forest Ranger Slade went into the woods and located the group approximately two miles from the trailhead at 9 p.m. With Forest Ranger Russell Martin's assistance, the group was returned safely to the trailhead by 11:30 p.m

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