Woman hurt on Aspen’s Ute Trail
June 27, 2011
ASPEN – A woman injured by a falling rock on Aspen’s Ute Trail received assistance Sunday afternoon from Mountain Rescue Aspen.
Authorities received a report at about 12:10 p.m. about a woman in her 20s who had been hit in the hand by “a large rock” and who’s hand was bleeding. A rescue team extricated her using a “low-angle scree evacuation,” given the difficult terrain surrounding the trail and the narrowness of the trail itself, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman, who’s name was not released, was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital by ambulance and treated for her injuries. Rescue personnel were out of the field by 4:10 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Ute Trail, a steep route that climbs 2.2 miles to Ute Rock, the popular stopping point, features a series of switchbacks that place hikers above each other on the treed hillside. The Sheriff’s Office determined a rock kicked loose by hikers from above tumbled down the slope and struck the woman in the leg and hand. No criminal charges were contemplated.