PORTLAND, OR (KOIN) – A woman died in Multnomah Falls on Friday afternoon, officials said.
At approximately 1:20 p.m., firefighters from the Corbett Fire Department worked their way up Multnomah Falls Trail to a woman who reportedly fell approximately 100 feet. It was located near Wisendanger Falls, past the top of Multnomah Falls itself.
Bystanders at the scene reportedly tried to perform CPR – but unfortunately she was pronounced dead at the scene. First responders say the woman was hiking with a group of friends on the Multnomah Falls-Larch Mountain Trail when she fell.
It is currently unknown what led to the fall, but police are currently investigating.
Some visitors from California tell KOIN 6 that they saw SAR crews pass them but didn’t know what was going on.
“It was very well maintained, it looks like they’re doing a great job up there, but with all the things we read about rockfall here and winter and all, I can say how bad it can be. dangerous at times,” said Levin, visiting from California.
A representative from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office told KOIN 6 that while the gorge is a scenic destination, “due to its steep and rocky terrain, hikers are advised to exercise caution and remain alert when visiting the region”.
The North West Trauma Response Program also responded to the tragic scene in Multnomah Falls, providing emotional support and mental health resources to loved ones of the victim who were there.
The MCSO says the victim’s name and hometown will be released after next of kin are notified and the cause of the fall is still under investigation.
KOIN 6 News’ Jami Seymore contributed to this report.