ADAMS — A family of hikers who got caught in the cold and dark on Mount Greylock were rescued by first responders out of Cheshire, Lanesborough and North Adams.
A 76-year-old man, 39-year-old woman and two children were located via snowmobile near Rockwell Road on Mount Greylock about 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Lt. Paul Sullivan of the Massachusetts State Police said the family had no visible injuries. The Lanesborough and Northern Berkshire ambulance services transported the family to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield for monitoring after exposure to the cold.
Temperatures were around 20 degrees on the mountain at 6:24 p.m., when state police first received a distress call from the family.
The hikers told police they had started out from the Mount Greylock Visitor Center before hiking north up the mountain on Rockwell Road. Sullivan said the hikers told the state police dispatch that they weren't lost, just unable to continue because of the dark and the cold.
State police from the Cheshire barrack first tried to locate the group with sirens but couldn't pinpoint their location. About 9 p.m., an officer with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and members of the Lanesborough Fire Department found and took the family by snowmobile back down the mountain, to the visitor center.
State police advised that anyone hiking in the snow or in the evening bring a flashlight, charged cellphones, food, water and sleeping equipment, in case they are forced to hunker down and spend the night outdoors.
Editor's note: This piece has been updated to reflect the work of the Lanesborough Fire Department, Lanesborough Ambulance and Northern Berkshire Ambulance personnel in the rescue.