For the second time this season, a hiker has died on Franconia Notch
For the second time this season, a hiker has died on Franconia Notch. Search and rescue teams found the body of a 28-year-old Tony Li, of Salem, N.H. on Christmas Day, a half mile from the Falling Waters Trail. New Hampshire Fish and Game said the man departed at 11 a.m. on Dec. 24 to hike the 8.6-mile Bridle Path/Falling Waters loop and was reported overdue at 9 p.m. Family described Li as an inexperienced hiker. It is unclear what equipment he was carrying. According to authorities, “A family member in China had tracked the progress of the hiker throughout the day and at 6:15 PM the family member reported that the hiker’s phone was going dead and it appeared as though the hiker was off trail south of Mount Lincoln.” With temperatures near zero, a search for Li commenced. A team of Conservation Officers reached Franconia Ridge at 2 a.m. on Christmas Day and located the hiker’s tracks. They found Li’s body at 6:45 a.m. and arrived back at the trail-head at 2:30 p.m.