Man Injured Near Ouzel Falls In RMNP
At 2:15 p.m. Friday, June 3, a trail crew from Rocky Mountain National Park, working near Calypso Cascades in the Wild Basin area of the park, was notified by a park visitor that a 53-year-old male from Chandler, Arizona had fallen near Ouzel Falls. The trail crew reached the man thirty minutes later. Another visitor was assisting the injured man.
A park medic reached the injured man at 5:00 p.m. He had numerous traumatic injuries requiring advanced life support care. A team of twenty park rangers and trail crew assisted by seven Rocky Mountain Rescue volunteers brought the man down through deep snow on a rescue toboggan and then used a wheeled litter for the lower section of the trail. Larimer County Search and Rescue also provided rescuers to assist park rangers as a contingency resource should more personnel be necessary. Ouzel Falls is approximately 2.5 miles from the Wild Basin Trailhead.
The team reached the trailhead at 8:30 p.m. The man was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center. While the cause of this accident is still under investigation, backcountry users should be aware that unusually deep snow and high water in the backcountry are creating additional early season hazards that must be accounted for when traveling beyond the trailhead.