Hiking fatality adds much more tragedy to Death Valley’s unusually lethal year

A missing hiker was found dead not significantly from a popular scenic region in Loss of life Valley Countrywide Park, adding to the park’s unusually significant demise toll this yr.

According to the Countrywide Park Provider, a 27-yr-outdated lady and her aunt parked at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes whole lot at 11 a.m. Saturday and headed out into the park for a hike. Half an hour into the hike, the aunt elected to return the car or truck, whilst her niece explained she would return in one particular or two several hours. 

When the woman did not return by 5 p.m., her aunt described her missing to park rangers. Searchers identified a line of footprints the following morning matching the missing woman’s footwear and followed them to her system, about a mile and a fifty percent from the parking large amount. 


The park services has not unveiled the woman’s identify, describing her only as “an experienced hiker.” The Inyo County Coroner’s Business is investigating the induce of dying, even though rangers have by now reported foul engage in is not suspected. A ask for to the coroner’s business for a lot more facts was not returned by publication time. 

This marks at least the sixth demise in the park because the start of the year. Abby Wines, a spokesperson for Loss of life Valley Countrywide Park, explained to SFGATE in August that the park ordinarily sees just one or two warmth-similar fatalities every single year. As local climate change results in at any time-hotter conditions in the world’s most popular area, rangers anxiety a lot more site visitors may well perish in Death Valley. 

“9 of the park’s 10 most popular decades in record have happened in the previous 15 many years, because I’ve lived in this article,” Wines said. “This 12 months has been unbearable.”

Temperatures on a regular basis strike 120 levels in the summer season, even though the normal large is a extra agreeable 77 degrees in November. It was 87 levels in Demise Valley on Saturday.

SFGATE deputy taking care of editor Andrew Chamings contributed to this report.