Snowshoer rescued at Rocky Mountain National Park

ESTES PARK, Colo. - A man who became disoriented while snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park was rescued by a search team that followed his tracks.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said the man called rangers on a cell phone at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to tell them he was lost near Flattop Mountain, a 12,324-foot peak.

Patterson said the weather on Thursday afternoon consisted of sunshine, high winds, blowing snow and temperatures ranging in the mid-20s.  

Rangers tried to talk the man down the mountain and he made it below treeline, but stopped when it got dark at 5:15 p.m.

Three search teams went looking for the man, mainly in the Mill Creek Drainage.

One team followed fresh snowshoe tracks and located the man in thick timber along Mill Creek at approximately 8:45 p.m., Patterson said.

Rangers walked the man out. They arrived at the Bear Lake trailhead at 11:30 p.m.

The name of the 24-year-old man from Florida has not been released.

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