July 30, 2016
Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500
16yo Hiker Rescued From Trail by 2nd Flatiron
Boulder County, Colo. - On Friday, 29 July 2016 at approximately 8:20pm, the Boulder County Communications Center received a 911 call from a 16-year-old female advising she needed assistance. She told dispatchers that she had gone hiking by herself up towards the 2nd Flatiron and that she had wandered off the trail by accident. After walking down a steep hill and sliding around a couple of large boulders, she realized she was not on the trail anymore. Afraid to slide back around the boulders, she called 911.
Fortunately, she had a GPS-enabled cell phone and was able to provide her precise location to rescuers.
Rescue personnel from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMR), AMR Ambulance, and Boulder Fire responded to the scene to assist. Volunteer rescuers with RMR were able to reach her fairly quickly and get her back down the mountain safely. She was uninjured.
This serves as a good reminder to avoid wandering off trail, especially at night and/or in unfamiliar terrain and to avoid hiking alone.
The associated case number for this incident is 16-4540.