A Durango man died Monday after falling from a ledge at the north end of Animas City Mountain.
Phillip Clark, 31, and a friend were hiking Sunday when they stopped at the end of a trail to take some pictures, La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said. Clark was holding onto a ledge when it gave way, she said.
He fell between 20 to 25 feet, said Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County Search and Rescue.
The call about an injured hiker or rock climber came in around midday Sunday, and it took some time for ground crews to reach the man, Knowlton said.
He had to be extracted and raised to a cliff above him before he was taken by helicopter to Mercy Regional Medical Center about 4 p.m. Sunday, Knowlton said.
Clark died at about 12:40 a.m. Monday, Smith said.