Searchers, wardens find overdue hiker on Snow Mountain
ALDER STREAM TOWNSHIP - Employees of a local fish and game club and Maine Warden Service personnel located an overdue hiker on top of Snow Mountain Thursday evening.
Rudy Graf, 79, of Newcastle, left Megantic Fish and Game Club in Seven Ponds Township at 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, according to Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald. When he didn't return at the expected time, an employee from the club hiked the summit and was unable to locate the missing hiker.
Wardens Scott Stevens and Kris MacCabe responded to the Snow Mountain Trail and took ATVs as far up the mountain as possible, then hiked. Meanwhile, two employees of the Megantic Fish and Game Club hiked the mountain from the camp side. Those employees located Graf on a ridge near Snow Mountain Pond.
"He had settled down and made a fire," MacDonald said, "after realizing that he had taken the wrong trail back down the mountain."
Graf and the employees met up with the wardens and were taken back to waiting vehicles. Graf was in good condition, MacDonald said, "with proper clothing providing a good source of heat."