BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities rescued three people in separate incidents from the iconic and deceptive Flatiron rock formations along a popular hiking trail south of the city.

The rescues began at 5 p.m. Tuesday when a 22-year-old woman got stuck climbing one of the formations and was assisted by rescuers.

An hour later, a 16-year-old girl injured her leg scrambling down the same formation and required assistance. About the same time, rescuers used a stretcher to carry a 52-year-old man down a trail after he injured his leg.

Police Cmdr. Rick Brough says the gentle, sloping rock formations jutting out of the mountains appear to be easy to climb quickly become treacherous. He says the rock is typically slick and the slopes are steep.

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