Hiker dies after snake bites him on Mt. Galbraith

Posted 10/9/17

A man died on Oct. 7 after he was bitten by a rattlesnake while hiking Mt. Galbraith in Golden.

A female hiking with Daniel Hohs, 31, placed the call at about 12:40 p.m., said Jenny Fulton, a spokesperson Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and …

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Hiker dies after snake bites him on Mt. Galbraith

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A man died on Oct. 7 after he was bitten by a rattlesnake while hiking Mt. Galbraith in Golden.

A female hiking with Daniel Hohs, 31, placed the call at about 12:40 p.m., said Jenny Fulton, a spokesperson Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and deputies and medical arrived shortly after 1 p.m.

The hikers were about a mile-and-a-half down the trail, Fulton said.

Hohs was transported to St. Anthony's hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was pronounced dead just after 5 p.m.

The newspaper Steamboat Today reported that Hohs was an endurance athlete who had just recently moved from Steamboat to Golden.

According to information put out by Jeffco Open Space, which manages Mt. Galbraith Park, rattlesnakes are active in the area between May and mid October, and have been seen at elevations of up to 13,000 feet. The animal hisses and uses its rattle as a warning, and will seek to avoid humans.

Tips for avoiding rattlesnake bites:

• Don't put hands or feet over logs or in front of cracks in rocks that you cannot see.

• Don't turn over logs or rocks without checking to keep clear of any rattlesnake that might be hiding underneath.

• Stay on trails, and do not walk through tall grass or heavy underbrush.

• Wear close-toed shoes, or even high boots when hiking through snake-favored areas.

• Keep one earbud out when listening to music.

• Keep pets on a short leash.

• Do not disturb snakes, or try to kill them.

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