Crews rescue injured climber from Devil’s Head mountain

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- Crews rescued an injured climber from Devil's Head mountain in Pike National Forest on Sunday afternoon, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

The man suffered a back injury and head trauma, and is in critical condition, officials said. He was transported to a hospital.

The sheriff's office, Douglas County Search and Rescue, firefighters and paramedics assisted in the rescue.

Officials said the man was rock climbing when something went wrong with the rope he was using and he fell 100 feet, landing on a ledge around 30 to 40 feet high.

"The Devil's Head Lookout Trail begins in the picnic area adjacent to Devil's Head Campground and ends at Devil’s Head Lookout, the last of the seven original Front Range Lookout towers still in service," the U.S. Forest Service website states.

"The 1.4 mile long trail takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes on a one way hike, with an elevation gain of 940 feet. Once there, there are 143 steps to get to the actual fire lookout."

Nearly 20,000 visitors use the trail each year, according to the Forest Service.

On Thursday evening, the Douglas County Search and Rescue team used a drone to locate two hikers and a dog that were missing near Devil's Head trail.

"Instead of an all-night search we were done in about four hours," incident commander Bruce Fosdick said.

The Douglas County Search and Rescue team is funded primarily on donations. Every rescue it makes is free.