It’s always a lovely day for a hike until you stumble upon a dead body. On Friday, visitors hiking near the Loch—a scenic, alpine lake surrounded by towering peaks inside of RMNP—discovered the remains of a 33-year-old Arvada, Colorado woman below the outtake of the Loch, according to a park service news release.
Lightning storms and severe weather delayed the recovery mission for two days, preventing rescue crews from reaching the location until Sunday, the NPS said.
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) June 21, 2021
Her body was successfully recovered Sunday with the help of 38 park Search and Rescue Team members, 28 of whom were in the field, the Coloradoan reports. Rescuers traveled 60 feet up through “steep, rocky, hazardous terrain to the Loch Vale Trail and then wheeled out by litter to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead,” according to the news release.
An investigation is now underway to find out the identity of the woman. Her name is yet to be released.
OutThere Colorado reports that:
“Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the deadliest parks in the country, ranking 8th among the nation’s national parks. Between 2010 and 2020, 49 deaths occurred at the park, 18 of which were falls. Falls are the top killer at national parks nationwide, as well as at Rocky Mountain National Park. The Loch is a popular destination at Rocky Mountain National Park, consisting of a scenic lake surrounded by mountain peaks. The trail to The Loch is 5.4 miles long with 1,056 feet of elevation gain.”