Denver woman injured during hike in foothills south of Boulder

A Denver woman fell as far as 15 feet while hiking on the Front Porch rock formation south of Boulder on Thursday, breaking her collarbone and sustaining numerous abrasions in the process.

Boulder County dispatch received a call from a hiker in the area of Mallory Cave in the foothills south of Boulder shortly after noon on Wednesday saying that the woman had fallen, according to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff‘s Office.

The woman, a 54-year-old Denver resident, and her hiking partner, a 71-year-old Denver man, had been exploring the Front Porch rock formation ahead of technical climb. Both became trapped on the rock face, and the man called to a passing hiker for help.

It took rescuers about 90 minutes to locate the pair and another two and a half hours to pluck them off the rock face via technical rescue. Once she was removed from the rock face, the woman was able to walk to her car without assistance and took a private car to the hospital.

Personnel from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, the sheriff‘s office‘s emergency services unit, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Boulder Fire Rescue and American Medical Response responded to the rescue.

The Front Porch is located south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research water tower site, between Satan‘s Slab and Mallory Cave.