A rescue operation began at about 12:39 p.m after authorities received an alert about a hiker who suffered a seizure on a hiking trail near Aspen, Tuesday, September 3.

According to a press release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, a 46-year old male fell and struck his head after experiencing a seizure on the Crater Lake trail in the Maroon Snowmass Wilderness Area.

A team of paramedics arrived on the scene by foot and carried the injured hiker up to Crater Lake, where he was loaded on a Flight for Life helicopter and transported to a nearby hospital for additional treatment. The male hiker sustained a significant head injury.

Located in the Maroon Snowmass Wilderness in the Elk Mountains, Crater Lake trail is a 1.8-mile route that connects Crater Lake to Maroon Lake.

Thanks goes out to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA), Aspen Ambulance, United States Forest Service, and a Flight for Life helicopter who successfully coordinated this mountain rescue operation.

Rescue crews responded to a second medical incident that occurred on the same day in the Aspen area. At approximately 3:38 p.m, the wife of a 57-year old Florida man alerted authorities her husband had sustained a significant shoulder injury due to a mountain biking accident on the Sunnyside Trail between the area of Aspen and McLain Flats Road.

Editor’s Note: Here’s a quick piece regarding why we’ve decided to include accident and death coverage in our collection of content. 

You never know when an accident may occur. Always be prepared before heading into the wild. Carry a first aid kit and know what to do in the event of an emergency. Be safe out there and remember the mountains are as deadly as they are beautiful. Here are a few extra safety tips to keep in mind while exploring Colorado.

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