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Woman injured in hiking fall outside of Basalt

Staff report

A 23-year-old woman was injured Tuesday when she fell on a hike in the Seven Castles area, which features multiple waterfalls.

Basalt Fire Department was notified at 2:36 p.m. of a report of a woman who fell roughly 30 feet, according to Richard Cornelius, division chief with the fire department. She suffered injuries to her head and hip, Cornelius said. Her injuries were non-life threatening. The woman’s town of residence wasn’t available.

The woman was hiking with a group of friends when the accident occurred, Cornelius said. It wasn’t immediately clear if she fell 30 vertical feet or slid down a waterfall. The accident occurred at the first in a series of waterfalls on the hike. The site was roughly 1.5 miles from where the Fire Department was able to stage.

There was no cellphone coverage at the site so a companion hiked out to Fryingpan Road, about 4 miles outside of Basalt, and called authorities.

The first team of responders from the fire department reached the victim at about 3:17 p.m. and another team arrived a short time later. The woman was carried out of the rough terrain to where an ambulance was staged and she was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital at 4:25 p.m. Cornelius said 11 people from the Fire Department responded.

The Seven Castles Hike isn’t marked with a trailhead, but it’s become popular from word of mouth. It’s also a high-risk route that features fixed ropes on a series of waterfalls.


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