It’s not clear if the 75-year-old man fell or was struck by rocks from above. He was found dead Thursday near the park’s Eagle Peak Trail.
A 75-year-old hiker was found dead Thursday near Mount Rainier National Park’s Eagle Peak Trail after rockfalls were reported in the area.
It’s not clear if the man fell or was struck by rocks from above, said park spokeswoman Patti Wold.
“He was by himself,” Wold said. “Because nobody saw where he went or what happened, I’m not sure we’re going to have a whole lot of answers.”
Wold said the man had separated from his group of four and was traveling off-trail. When he was reported missing, a helicopter crew found his body in the rockfall.
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He was found dead, she said.
The Eagle Peak Trail offers access to the Tatoosh Range, a popular hiking and climbing area within the park.