Dad of Five Falls 150 Feet on Family Hike

An Oregon man died on a hike with this family after falling from a cliff at a popular natural recreation site, according to law enforcement.

The 40-year-old man, his wife and five children were hiking at Multnomah Falls, located about 30 miles east of downtown Portland, when he either slipped or stumbled, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson John Plock told CNN.

The fall happened Saturday around a half mile up the trail, according to Plock.

“He slid down a steep hill and then fell off a cliff,” Plock said. “We estimate it was a 100 to 150-foot fall.”

After the father fell, his family and others were unable to see where he landed, Plock told CNN affiliate KATU.

The sheriff’s department and Corbett Fire District responded and searched for the man, finding his body about 45 minutes after the incident occurred, according to tweets from the agencies.

The family is from the Portland metro area, according to authorities.

Multnomah Falls has more than 2 million visitors annually and is the most-visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest, according to the US Forest Service website.

In August 2022, a woman hiking with friends along the Multnomah Falls-Larch Mountain Trail died after a head injury from an approximately 100-foot fall, CNN previously reported.

CNN’s Rebekah Riess and Zoe Sottile contributed to this report.

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