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Ute Trail in Aspen reopened after being closed for rescue operation

Authorities also searching for missing person on 4 Pass Loop Trail

Staff report

A popular Aspen Mountain hiking trail reopened at 3:24 p.m. after being closed for several hours while authorities conduct a rescue, according to a news release.

The release about the Ute Trail being closed was sent out at 12:41 p.m., and is in reference to a 47-year-old woman who broke her ankle three-quarters of the way up the trail, said Alex Burchetta, director of operations for the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.

The Ute Trail is located on Aspen's eastside and features a steep hike to the top of Ute Mountain.

Authorities are also working on another search and rescue, he said, involving a missing person near Trail Rider Pass on the popular 4 Pass Loop Trail, Burchetta said.

That call came in about 1 p.m. with an initial report about a person missing from a three-person hiking party, he said. The Sheriff's Office and MRA are formulating a plan for that operation, Burchetta said.