Denver man dies in fall near Maxwell Falls

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By Vicky Gits

The man who died Wednesday near Maxwell Falls has been identified as Gregory Woodman, 48, of Denver. Woodman was with an unidentified companion when he died.

Woodman was wearing a climbing harness when he fell about 50 feet off a cliff, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the upper trailhead to Maxwell Falls, about 8 miles southwest of Evergreen on Brook Forest Road.

Jeffco Coroner Kathryn Loughrey-Stemp said an autopsy was in progress. The final autopsy report will be available in December.

An officer at the scene said that when rescuers first reached the hiker, he was unconscious but still alive on a ledge. By 3 p.m. a number of rescue agencies were attempting to get him out. A chopper flew in about 3 p.m. and landed on Brook Forest Road.

On the scene were personnel from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Elk Creek Fire-Rescue, the U.S. Forest Service and the Alpine Rescue Team.

Woodman fell at a point about 15 minutes from the trailhead.

There was no information available as to Woodman’s place of employment or family members. He was divorced.