Body Of Hiker Recovered From Longs Peak

Longs Peak is located within Rocky Mountain National Park (Credit: KCNC)

Two days after the body of a missing hiker was found on Longs Peak, authorities were able to recover the body.

Rangers found the body Tuesday 1,000 feet below the Keyhole route down he Trough, which is a gully that climbs 600 feet up the east side of the mountain. According to a route description, "easy scrambling" is required in some areas of the Trough, and there are portions of loose rock. It's unknown if the hiker was ascending or descending the mountain at the time of his death.

The hiker's has been identified as 25-year-old Matthew Burklow of Fort Collins. Based on the investigation, authorities believe he had left around 2 a.m. Monday for the mountain. Burklow was expected at work by 4 p.m. the same day, and was reported missing after never showing up.

Due to weather conditions, authorities had to wait until Thursday to recover the body.

Longs Peak is located in Rocky Mountain National Park.