A woman who was hiking with a group of friends in the Columbia River Gorge outside Portland, Oregon, died Friday after falling about 100 feet (30 meters) and sustaining a head injury, officials say.
Delegates from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from the Corbett Fire District responded to a report of the fall around 1:15 p.m., according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. Along the way, they received an update that the woman’s injuries were life-threatening and that bystanders had begun CPR, the release said.
The walker was pronounced dead when firefighters reached her, according to the release. Multnomah County Search & Rescue then assisted the coroner’s office to recover the woman’s body. They said she will be identified once next of kin have been notified.
Employees of the Trauma Intervention Program Northwest were sent to provide emotional support and mental health resources to those affected by the walker’s death, the release said.
The woman was hiking the Multnomah Falls-Larch Mountain Trail, according to the release. She was found about 1.3 miles from the trailhead.
The Columbia River Gorge is a popular tourist destination in the Pacific Northwest, measuring 80 miles in length and reaching a depth of 4,000 feet, according to the US Forest Service. Multnomah Falls, a waterfall in the canyon area, is the most visited natural recreation spot in the Pacific Northwest, receiving more than 2 million visitors annually, the agency says.
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Stephanie Weinstein, a tourist who visited Multnomah Falls from Canada with her family, learned about the fatal fall just before going down the same path, according to CNN affiliate KPTV
“It’s terribly devastating,” Weinstein said, according to KPTV.
“It hit us hard to know that this happened here,” Weinstein told KPTV. “My teenage son really likes going to the edge of trails, terrible things can happen.
“I send all my prayers and my thoughts to them.”