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Ohio Man Dies Today While Hiking The Grand Canyon

Sunday, June 29th 2014

An Ohio man died Sunday morning while hiking the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon, according to Grand Canyon National Park officials.

The park’s Regional Communications Center received a call at 11:30 a.m. that CPR was being done on the man, who had been hiking out of the canyon after finishing a commercial river trip, according to a statement issued Sunday.

National Park Service personnel and an NPS helicopter responded to the scene near Three-Mile Rest House, the statement said. The man’s identity is being held until his family is notified.

The incident is under investigation by the National Parks Service and Coconino County Medical Examiner. The cause of death has not yet been released.

No further information was available.

Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon: 

Indian Garden and Three Mile Resthouse from Bright Angel Trail. Photo: Wikipedia

Indian Garden and Three Mile Resthouse from Bright Angel Trail. Photo: Wikipedia

The trail originates at the Grand Canyon Village on the south rim of Grand Canyon, descending 4380 feet to the Colorado River. It has an average grade of 10% along its entire length. At trail’s end, the River Trail continues another 1.9 miles to the Bright Angel Campground and Phantom Ranch. These two trails combined are the most common method used to access Phantom Ranch by hikers and mules.

Two trails cross or join the Bright Angel Trail, the first being an intersection with the Tonto Trail at Indian Garden, leading toward the Monument Use Area to the west, and to the South Kaibab Trail 4.7 miles (7.6 km) to the east. The second is the River Trail, which officially begins when the Bright Angel Trail reaches the Colorado River at the River Rest house (although some consider that the Bright Angel Trail officially ends after crossing the Colorado River at the Silver Bridge).

Ohio Man Dies Today While Hiking The Grand Canyon.

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