After lengthy mission, woman rescued from King Solomon Falls near Steamboat
July 7, 2017
It took eight and a half hours Wednesday evening to rescue a 20-year-old woman from King Solomon Falls in North Routt County.
North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters and Routt County Search and Rescue members were called to the falls at about 5:45 p.m. after the woman got hurt on a scree field. She had a bad laceration to the inside of her thigh.
The falls are in a remote location that is not well publicized as a tourist destination.
“It’s real neat, but if you’re not prepared, you shouldn’t be going back there,” North Routt Chief Mike Swinsick said.
The trails are not maintained, and it can be a somewhat dangerous hike.
“For me, walking in and out of there it’s pretty sketchy,” Search and Rescue member Kristia Check-Hill said.
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Rescues from the falls typically take hours with the complex ropes systems that are used.
About 20 people were involved in Wednesday night's rescue.
North Routt firefighters reached the woman first. While her injuries were not life-threatening, they decided it was best that the woman not hike out.
Swinsick said a large rock came down and hit the woman above the knee.
“There were just tons of rocks and boulders,” Swinsick said. “Real sharp ones.”
Ropes were set up to lower the woman down from above the creek, and another system was used to haul her. Ropes were also set up for rescuers to navigate the side hill.
A pulley system was used to bring her up the final steep slope.
The woman was then taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
“We had a lot of help from North Routt Fire,” Check-Hill said.
Rescuers got back to the rescue barn in Steamboat Springs at 3:10 a.m. Thursday.
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