Broomfield priest rescued after 30 hours injured near Monarch Lake |

Broomfield priest rescued after 30 hours injured near Monarch Lake

Greg Foley courtesy photo

After injuring his knee on the trail Wednesday, a 62-year-old hiker dragged himself several miles before being rescued late Thursday night.

On Thursday, July 10, around 4 p.m. Grand County Dispatch was notified by Broomfield Police that Edward Hoffman, a priest from Broomfield, was reported missing in this area.

According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Department, Hoffman, 62, failed to show up for several appointments on Thursday in Broomfield. It was believed that Hoffman had gone hiking Wednesday and was possibly in Grand County or the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Around 7:30 p.m., three unidentified hikers called dispatch reporting they had found Hoffman, injured, on the Arapaho Pass Trail approximately four to five miles southeast of Monarch Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

Grand County Search and Rescue was called and responded with 16 members.

Rescuers reached Hoffman around midnight.

Hoffman had a leg injury. He was carried by Search and Rescue personnel down the trail to Monarch Lake to an awaiting ambulance and then transported to Granby Medical Center.

Grand County Search and Rescue reported Hoffman injured his leg early Wednesday afternoon while on a day hike.

Unable to walk, he dragged himself down the trail for several hours before stopping for the night.

On Thursday morning, he continued dragging himself down the trail until he was located by the unidentified hikers who called for help.

The mission leader said the rescue was one of the tougher missions and carryouts the team had to deal with in some time.

The trail was rough and narrow with downed trees and streams that needed to be crossed. They also encountered muddy areas and dangerous drop offs.