While hiking Sunday on his day off, Pitkin County Deputy Michael Buglione encountered a 70-year-old hiker who was injured while returning from Crater Lake. Buglione, who was carrying his duty radio, notified Pitkin County dispatch at approximately 1:30 p.m. after determining that the woman, who had fallen in a rocky section about 10 to 15 minutes from Crater Lake, had injured her knee and face. Crater Lake is located 3 miles southwest of Maroon Lake at around 10,076 feet above sea level.
“Deputy Buglione and others attempted to help the injured female walk down on her own, but it was determined they were going to need assistance with the effort. Mountain Rescue Aspen deployed from the C.B. Cameron Rescue Center and proceeded to the reported location. Deputy Buglione relayed information to dispatch until a rescue team was on scene,” according to the report from Pitkin County.
The patient was assessed in the field then placed into a litter wheel and transported to the Maroon Lake parking area. According to the statement, she then made her way to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment for her injuries. All rescue and sheriff’s office personnel were out of the field by 5 p.m. on Sept. 9.