Two hikers were rescued overnight after heavy snow from the nor’easter left them stranded in Mount Washington State Forest, according to Massachusetts State Police. One of the hikers called 911 around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and said that he and his friend went for a hike on the Alander Trail but with bad weather and the dark, he and his friend could no longer see trail markings to make it back to their cabin. A search and rescue team was assembled, and first responders cleared the roads between the command post and the entrance to the forest trail to get snowmobiles to them. Power was shut off to downed lines by 11:15 p.m., and the rescue team moved toward the trail until the snow was too deep for the snowmobiles, forcing them to walk two miles into the forest. The hikers, two men aged 47 and 53, were found around 2:30 a.m. They were uninjured but were suffering from fatigue and cold temperatures. Everyone began the hike out of the woods and got back to a Department of Conservation and Recreation headquarters building near the trail entrance just after 4:45 a.m. The hikers were then taken to the hospital for evaluation. Images courtesy of Massachusetts State Police.

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