On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, around 12:40 pm, the Snowmass Village Police Department received a phone call from a man who stated that he and his hiking companion were near the Rim Trail and were stuck on a cliff face in an area that was too steep to continue hiking in any direction.
The Rim Trail is a 6.2 mile trail on the north side of Snowmass Village that provides sweeping views of the town and ski area.
After determining that the stranded hikers were stuck on a steep hillside in an area inaccessible to vehicles, the Snowmass Village Police requested the assistance of Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Twelve volunteers from Mountain Rescue Aspen entered the field to look for the stranded hikers around 1:30 pm. Additionally, seven members of Mountain Rescue Aspen responded to the C.B. Cameron Rescue Center in order to help coordinate the rescue efforts.
The volunteer rescuers from Mountain Rescue Aspen located the stranded hikers, who had voluntarily separated from each other, around 2:30 pm. Climbers from Mountain Rescue Aspen rappelled down to the stranded hikers, reaching the first hiker around 2:35 PM. The first hiker was escorted down safely off the cliff around 2:45 PM. Climbers from Mountain Rescue Aspen reached the second hiker, a man from Tampa, Florida, at 2:50 PM. The second hiker was lowered to safety around 3:00 PM. The hikers, one of whom was dressed in shorts, were uninjured. The men were guided off of the steep cliff and escorted to the trailhead, where they declined medical treatment.
All rescuers were out of the field by 3:30 pm.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind hikers that the safest course of action when hiking in any terrain, familiar or unfamiliar, is to remain on the trail and to follow established routes. Additionally, please remember that it is important to dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. Temperatures and weather conditions in Colorado can change quickly.