Moss Glen Falls

Moss Glen Falls is a popular destination for visitors during foliage season. The climb to the top is on a slope that is both steep and, at times, slippery. A warning sign alerts hikers of the danger of the climb.

A Colorado man is dead after he had a heart attack at Moss Glen Falls.

Shortly after noon on Oct. 18, Stowe police, fire and EMS — and Stowe Mountain Rescue — responded to a report of a man who had fallen down near the 125-foot waterfall.

When they arrived, the man — 55-year-old Paul Ziemba of Arvada, Colo. — was in cardiac arrest. Responders performed CPR while Stowe Mountain Rescue carried Ziemba to a Morristown EMS and Rescue ambulance, which took him to Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a hospital spokesman.

Located within Putnam State Forest in Stowe, the Moss Glen Falls Trail is a 4.2-mile there-and-back trek. The waterfall itself is about a quarter-mile from the trailhead, and the spot is popular destination for visitors during foliage season.

While the falls can be viewed from below, the best view requires a climb up a slope that is both steep and, at times, slippery. A warning sign alerts hikers of the danger of the climb.


Correction, Oct. 30: The man did not fall down part of the waterfall, but had a heart attack. The original version of this story based on police reports was inaccurate regarding the incident.

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