Mountain Rescue Assists injured hiker at Snowmass Creek

Mountain Rescue Aspen

A 34-year-old hiker was assisted down the Snowmass Creek trail Sunday after suffering an ankle injury.

At approximately 9:37 a.m. Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center received a report of an injured hiker near Snowmass Lake.

The hiker contacted a family member located in Denver through a Garmin InReach Satellite communicator who then reached out to dispatch on the hiker’s behalf.

At 10:40 a.m., Mountain Rescue Aspen deployed a team of two members to locate and assess the injured party.  

Around 1:00 p.m., MRA located the hiker, performed a medical assessment, and then assisted them down the trail to the Snowmass Creek trailhead parking area.  

They were met by an ambulance and crew from Roaring Fork Fire Rescue who medically cleared the hiker. All team members and the injured hiker were out of the field by 3:30 p.m.

Additional members of MRA responded to the C.B. Cameron Rescue Center in order to help coordinate the rescue efforts. 

The Pitkin County Sheriff, Michael Buglione, expressed his gratitude to MRA and RFFR for their care and efforts on behalf of the injured hiker in a news release.

Snowmass Creek trail is a 10 mile trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness that follows Snowmass Creek up to Snowmass Lake.


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