According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, a 72-year-older hiker fell approximately 25 feet off the side of the Royal Arch Trail while hiking on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at approximately 9:05 a.m.

According to the press release, two bystanders called 911 after witnessing the male hiker trip and fall down a steep embankment along the Royal Arch Trail. Rescue personnel arrived on the scene and helped the hiker climb safely back up the hillside. The injured hiker was then carried in a litter to American Medical Response (AMR) medics waiting at the Bluebell Shelter, just about one-quarter of a mile from where the accident occurred.

The Royal Arch Trail is a 3-mile out and back trail that’s popular among locals and visitors in the Boulder area. The trail gains nearly 1,400 feet in elevation and ends at a natural granite arch boasting views of the City of Boulder.

Rescue efforts took about one hour and fifty minutes. The injured hiker was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Thanks goes out to the agencies who assisted in this rescue including Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, American Medical Response (AMR), and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.

In any adventure you plan, always let a friend know where you’re headed and when you expect to return. Know the trail, pack essential gear, and be prepared for emergencies. For more tips on hiking safely around Colorado this summer, click here.

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