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Man rescued after failing to return from snowshoeing at Brainard Lake

The Boulder man became lost after he took a turn onto the wrong trail, the Sheriff's Office said.
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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Search and rescue crews found a lost man who had taken a wrong turn on a snowshoeing trip Sunday at Brainard Lake Recreation Area, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office (BCSO).

Two men from Boulder snowshoed from the Brainard Lake Winter parking lot to the lake on Sunday afternoon. On their way back, one of the men went ahead of the other and inadvertently turned onto a wrong trail, according to a news release from BCSO.

The second man returned to the parking lot as planned and waited for his companion for 45 minutes before calling 911.

Search and rescue crews arrived about 7 p.m. and began searching for the lost man, whom they found about 9 p.m. The rescuers and the man walked back out to the Brainard Lake Winter parking lot, the release said.

The agencies that assisted in the rescue were the sheriff's office, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Indian Peaks Fire Protection District and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.

Lake Brainard is northwest of Boulder and is a popular spot with hikers and cross-country skiers. Because of its high elevation, above 10,000 feet, some restrictions are in place between November and April.

Earlier this month, a woman was found dead off a ski trail in Brainard Lake Recreation Area. No foul play was suspected.

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