Backcountry Rescue Hyalite Canyon


On August 4, 2015, at approximately 1144 hours, the Gallatin County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call that a male adult had been involved in a mountain biking accident in Hyalite Canyon and needed assistance. An adult male called to report that he and his friend had been riding near the Lick Creek trail parking area when they became separated. The reporting party rode back up the gated Forest Service road and located his friend lying in the road; he was unconscious and was having labored breathing. The male rode back down to their vehicle, and then drove down Hyalite Canyon to where he had cell service and called for help.

 Gallatin County Search and Rescue was paged to respond, along with Rae-Sourdough Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, and Summit Air Ambulance. A Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Search and Rescue Coordinator, and a Forest Service LEO responded as well.

The Summit Air Ambulance was able to land on the road in the area of the bike crash. Emergency vehicles were able to make their way up the road. 

At approximately 1227 hours they located the victim who was peddling down towards the main road. The 58 year-old male was assessed and found to have a head injury, and the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital trauma team was activated. The male was stabilized and packaged for transport. At approximately 1249 hours, the Summit air ambulance left the scene and took the male to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

 When interviewed later, the male was conscious and alert, but did not recall specific details about his crash. Specific details about his condition were unavailable.

 Sheriff Gootkin would like to take this opportunity to remind Gallatin County residents and visitors that these two gentlemen are good examples of doing things correctly: they were not recreating alone, they were wearing helmets, and they each had cell phones and other appropriate equipment. Their preparedness allowed for a swift response by rescuers, and very timely transport of the patient to definitive medical care.


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