A 57-year-old Broomfield woman was airlifted to a Denver hospital on Saturday with serious injuries after falling 300 feet down a steep, rocky slope near Needle’s Eye Tunnel on Rollins Pass Road.
The five-hour rescue began just after 2 p.m., when emergency dispatchers were notified of a hiker who had fallen down a scree slope.
The woman was hiking alone, according to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, and a nurse who was hiking in the area provided first aid until members of the Timberline Fire Department and Gilpin Ambulance arrived.
Search and rescue teams were dispatched from the ground and from the air using Flight for Life Colorado.
The woman was put into a litter and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group moved her 500 feet down the hillside to the helicopter. Other agencies that assisted in the rescue include the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder County Emergency Services and Grand County Search and Rescue.