Florida man dies in fall at Crater Lake

Crater Lake

 

A 20-year-old Florida man died early Tuesday morning after falling from a cliff edge at Crater Lake National Park.  According to a press release, the incident happened at about 5:45 a.m. when the man fell through a cliff inside the caldera along West Rim Drive just west of Rim Village.

Witnesses who saw the man fall contacted Park Rangers who rappelled down the cliff and recovered the man’s body. 

 The incident remains under investigation.

Park staff reminds visitors that climbing or hiking within the caldera is prohibited due to extremely hazardous conditions encountered inside the collapsed volcano. Patches of late snow can also contribute to hazards in the caldera and on other high elevation slopes.

The majority of the higher elevation hiking trails are still partially or fully snow covered and should be avoided.