Samuel Greenwald, Courtesy photo

Samuel Greenwald, Courtesy photo

UPDATE: A Wednesday afternoon update from the Pueblo Sheriff's Office indicates that Samuel has been located and is safe. This is a developing story. More details may follow. Future updates will be posted here.

Multiple agencies are searching for a 19-year-old teen that's suspected to be missing in the Greenhorn Mountain area in Colorado. Samuel Greenwald, of Texas, left for a run to the top of the peak at 11 AM on Monday, but failed to return. Searchers started their hunt for Greenwald later that day.

Greenwald is 6 feet tall and 155 pounds. He was last seen in blue shorts, black shoes, a possible white t-shirt, and an orange backpack. A Facebook post made by his mother indicated that he likely did not have a light source, intending to be back before nightfall.

Though the trail Greenwald went missing on was not mentioned in the official press release, Greenwald's mother stated in a Facebook post that her son was hiking on Bartlett Trail when he went missing. Bartlett Trail is a 10.2 mile out-and-back route with a gain of 2,949 feet that is a summit route. Recent reviews of the route indicate that the trail does grow faint and can be overgrown in some spots.

Greenhorn Mountain is located near Rye, Colorado, reaching an elevation of 12,352 feet. The Greenhorn Mountain summit can also be reached by the 14-mile out-and-back Greenhorn Trail that is rated as "hard" on AllTrails, starting and ending in Cuerna Verde Park. This route is also quite strenuous, with an elevation gain of 5,098 feet. Recent trailgoers have stated that this specific trail is currently overgrown in some areas.

Due to the rugged terrain of the peak, the public has been asked not to help in the search. If you have any information about Greenwald, you're asked to contact the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office at (719) 583-6250.

Anytime you're planning to go on a solo adventure in Colorado, it's important to let someone know where you're headed and when you'll be back. This can be crucial when it comes to getting search and rescue crews on the hunt sooner than later.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. He also writes about outdoor recreation, travel news, and more. In his spare time, he loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike.


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Ya know, every time I read stories like this I remember the movie 127 hours. Obviously not the same situation but still applies in that, the guy learned a valuable lesson the hard way. Always, always, always, tell ppl exactly where you are going and always, always, always, be prepared!

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