An 84 year-old man needed medical attention and assistance off the M trail after taking a fall on Friday.

We don't have further information yet as to the man's specific injuries. If more information is released, we will update this post.

An important takeaway from this incident is to always be prepared for delays and changing weather conditions when you head out, EVEN if "it's just the M trail" or another seemingly close outing.

An injury can turn a quick hike into a very long day with far more outside time than anticipated.

According to the Gallatin County Sheriff's office:

  • At 2:30 on Friday June 15th, Gallatin County Dispatch received a report that an 84 year-old man had fallen on the M trail and needed medical assistance.
  • He was half a mile up from the parking lot and could not walk out on his own.
  • Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched with a Deputy SAR Coordinator. AMR ambulance and Bridger Canyon Fire Dept responded as well.
  • The man was quickly reached by rescuers and found to have numerous cuts and abrasions, especially to his head.
  • He was assessed, packaged on the one-wheel litter, and carried down to the ambulance for transport to Bozeman Health.
  • The exact extent of the man’s injuries is not known at this time.
  • Sheriff Brian Gootkin reminds everyone that accidents can happen in the mountains, even near town, and that it takes longer to get help.
  • Always be prepared to stay out longer than expected.
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