4 October 2017 ~ Horse Ranch Park Loop

Overdue Hiker Near Horse Ranch Park Loop

A concerned family member contacted Mt. Crested Butte Police Dept.¬†for a hiker who has not been heard from for 24 hours. Last report stated she planned on hiking a small loop trail located off of CR 12 (Kebler Pass). Her car was located at the trailhead parking lot. CBMRT deployed 3 separate teams to search the hiking trails around Horse Ranch Park. Team 1¬†searched the Ruby/Anthracite trail to Dark Canyon trail. Team 2 searched Dark Canyon from Horse Ranch Park and Team 3 searched trail 838 – Dyke trail towards Oh Be Joyful pass. A helicopter assisted in the mission as well with aerial views. During the time of this mission, another overdue hiker had been reported. To our surprise, that vehicle was found at the same trailhead. The 2 separate parties were found together on Dark Canyon Trail and successfully extricated with no injuries or medical care needed. They ran into each other the day prior, both lost. They fortunately were able to find a hunter’s tent and hunkered down for the night with food and fire.