A woman was injured on the Bridger Ridge trail this weekend after being struck by a rock that was knocked off a cliff by mountain goats.
According to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, at about 8 a.m. Sunday, Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to the Bridger Ridge for a backcountry rescue.
A family of three from Spokane, Washington, was hiking from Fairy Lake to the M trailhead via the Bridger Ridge trail.
The family was photographing some mountain goats on a cliff above them when the goats knocked some rocks loose.
One of the rocks, about the size of a bowling ball, struck the woman in the leg, causing a severe laceration. The woman’s family administered first aid, but determined they could not climb out and called 911.
Members of the Gallatin County Search and Rescue posse hiked in to the family via Ross Pass and members of the heli-alpine team flew to the scene with the help of Central Helicopters. HAM radio operators managed communications between the air and ground teams.
The trail was very steep and, after determining that the time and exposure of carrying her out would be too risky, the woman was flown off the mountain to a waiting ambulance then taken to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital.
The rest of the family members were brought off the mountain via ATV.