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Smith Rock hiker dies in 250-foot fall from wall

Vancouver, Wash., man died at scene

TERREBONNE, Ore. - A 23-year-old Vancouver, Washington man died Tuesday evening when he apparently left a hiking trail and fell about 250 feet from a wall at Smith Rock State Park, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said.

County 911 dispatch got a call shortly before 7 p.m. reporting a hiker had fallen in the area of the Picnic Lunch Wall, said sheriff's Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp.

Sheriff's deputies, Oregon State Park rangers, Redmond Fire and Rescue and Deschutes County Sheriff's Search and Rescue personnel were sent to the scene.

An investigation determined that Sebastian Baker was in the area of the peak of the Picnic Lunch Wall before falling to the base of the wall, Vander Kamp said.

It appeared Baker was hiking alone on the Misery Ridge Trail "before leaving the trail and falling," Vander Kamp said in a news release.

Baker died at the scene, the sergeant said, adding, "The cause of the fall appears accidental, although it remains under investigation."

Sheriff's office detectives are looking for any other witnesses who may have seen the incident or Baker before it occurred.was asked to contact sheriff's Detective Donny Patterson at 541-693-6911 with any additional information.


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