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Hiker falls 150 feet down Aspen gully, suffers only minor scrapes

Staff report

A hiker fell roughly 150 feet down a gully off the Ute Trail on Tuesday and managed to escape with only minor scrapes.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office reported the incident via a statement Tuesday evening that said a call came in around 3:07 p.m. to report the hiker in distress. A woman hiking had lost her footing on a steep section of the trail between switchbacks, according to the statement.

“The hiker was stranded, unable to go up or down the gully due to its pitch, loose rocks and rainfall,” the statement said. “Members from Mountain Rescue Aspen deployed immediately, and made contact with the hiker a short time later. The Ute Trail experienced a brief closure due to falling rocks as MRA got the hiker safely out of the gully and back to the trail.”

The hiker was able to hike out under her own power and suffered only minor scrapes as a result of the fall, the statement said. The hiker and all Mountain Rescue Aspen members were safely out of the field by 4:55 p.m.

Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office remind all backcountry users to exercise extreme caution and to utilize proper safety equipment on steep, exposed and/or unfamiliar terrain.