Hiker falls to her death near Odessa Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
September 8, 2009
A 62-year-old woman from Boulder fell 25 to 50 feet on the Fern Lake Trail near Odessa Lake, landing in a creek, at about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, according to the National Park Service.
Other hikers contacted park dispatch by cell phone about the incident around 1 p.m., but it was unclear from initial cell phone calls as to where the incident occurred and the extent of injuries.
A team of two rangers left the Fern Lake Trailhead at 1:56 p.m. The hasty team traveled roughly 5.5 miles reaching the patient near Odessa Lake at 3:41 p.m. It is unclear how long the victim was in the water.
As more calls came in the location was determined and other rangers were dispatched from the Bear Lake Trailhead to the location, roughly 3.5 miles.
Upon the initial rangers’ arrival the victim was hypothermic and her level of consciousness had decreased. Other rangers began to arrive on scene. CPR was initiated and performed at 4:56 p.m. for over an hour.
Cardiac medications were administered and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was used. She was pronounced dead at 5:56 p.m.
The body recovery is ongoing and next of kin are being contacted. The woman reportedly was hiking with a friend.
The Larimer County Coroner’s office will determine cause of death.
Twenty-two people were involved in the field, including a team from Larimer County Search and Rescue.