PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. – A young man died while hiking the Lake Thomas Trail in Pitkin County late Friday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.
At approximately 11:52 a.m., the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center was alerted that a 35-year-old man may have suffered a cardiac event and passed out while hiking the Thomas Lakes Trail.
The trail is an almost 8 mile out and back trail just outside of Carbondale and is popular with hikers looking for a relatively easy day hike and backpackers looking to summit Mount Sopris , according to the Pitkin County Sheriff‘s Office.
The person who called the dispatcher, the patient’s girlfriend, gave them her contact information, and the deputies immediately requested Mountain Rescue Aspen, MRA, to assist in their rescue, along with a Flight For Life helicopter.
Deputies said Flight For Life took off at around 12:20 p.m. and five minutes later members of an all-volunteer group, MRA, and a Pitkin County Backcountry Community Response Officer pulled up. deployed in the field.
At approximately 1:04 p.m., members of the Flight For Life team joined the patient and his girlfriend. At approximately 1.20pm, members of the Flight For Life team pronounced the 35-year-old man dead at the scene.
All members of the Mountain Rescue Aspen and Flight for Life team were safely off the field by 4 p.m.
“The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind everyone of the importance of being aware of your surroundings, knowing your limits, and being aware of the dangers of backcountry hiking,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office will investigate the cause of death and release the identity of the deceased after the family is notified.