(Photos courtesy Apache Junction Fire Dept.)
(KFYI News) – A 65-year-old woman was rescued Saturday morning from rugged terrain along a hiking trail after becoming injured during a hike Friday afternoon in the Superstition Mountains east of the valley.
Apache Junction Fire Dept. spokesman Dave Montgomery says the woman injured her shoulder while hiking with friends in Lost Dutchman State Park near the Siphon Draw Trailhead and was unable to hike down under her own power.
By the time rescuers contacted the woman and assessed her condition, they determined they were unable to evacuate her using the trails, and it was too dark to launch a helicopter.
So rescue crews stayed with the woman overnight on the mountain, giving her pain medication as needed and helping her to stay warm until a helicopter rescue could be accomplished after daybreak.
PHOTO: The injured woman is airlifted off the mountain.