Hiker dies on Bright Angel Trail; high heat in Grand Canyon

Colorado River running through Grand Canyon | Stock image, St. George News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park officials have reported a hiker died on Bright Angel Trail Thursday when temperatures were above 110 degrees.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. MST Thursday, hikers reported to a park ranger near Indian Garden that a member of their party needed help. The park ranger responded down the Bright Angel Trail to a location known as the Devil’s Corkscrew. When the ranger arrived, more members of the party said they had attempted resuscitation efforts, a statement issued by the park said, but the victim had not had a pulse for about two hours.

The hiker, a 36-year-old man from Japan, was on his way back up the Bright Angel Trail after hiking down to the Colorado River. Temperatures were in excess of 110 degrees. The National Weather Service had issued an excessive heat warning for Grand Canyon National Park, according to a statement issued by the park.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service in coordination with the Coconino County Medical Examiner. No additional information on the incident is being released by officials at this time. 


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