Woman dies while hiking Mount Princeton

SALIDA — Chaffee County authorities say a woman has died after falling while hiking Mount Princeton.

Sheriff Pete Palmer says the woman’s body remains on the 14,000-foot peak and will be recovered today.

Palmer says that rescuers were sent to the Mount Princeton trailhead on Thursday after the woman’s companion called to say she fell and suffered severe head injuries.

She was dead by the time rescuers arrived. They found the pair down a steep rocky chute off the main trail after they encountered rain, strong winds, and lightning. Rescuers say the man was not physically hurt and they walked him off the mountain.

Those rescuers were diverted from the search for a missing father and daughter on Missouri Mountain.



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