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April 13, 2020

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Lost hiker at Brainard Lake

A 27-year-old Boulder man became lost after taking a wrong turn

Boulder County, Colo. - On Sunday, April 12, at approximately 6:50 p.m., the sheriff’s office was notified about a 27-year-old man that had not returned from a snowshoeing trip with a friend.

The pair, both from Boulder, left the Brainard Lake Winter Parking Lot at approximately 3:45 in the afternoon and snowshoed to Brainard Lake. On the way out, in the area of Red Rocks Lake, one of the men decided to walk ahead of the other. The 27-year old Boulder man was in the lead and ended up turning onto the Sourdough Trail inadvertently. The second man returned to the parking lot as planned and waited for the missing party for approximately 45 minutes before calling 911.

Rescuers arrived at approximately 7:00 p.m., met with the friend of the missing hiker, and began searching.

Rescuers located the lost party just north of the South Saint Vrain Trail on the Sourdough Trail at approximately 9:02 p.m. The rescuers and the hiker then walked back out the Brainard Lake Winter Parking Lot.

Agencies assisting with this rescue effort included: Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Indian Peaks Fire Protection District, and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.

The associated case number is 20-1749.

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/s/ Kelly Lucy
Emergency Services Coordinator