Vancouver hiker killed in fall from Lava Canyon Trail

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



A Vancouver woman was killed Tuesday in a fall from the Lava Canyon Trail east of Mount St. Helens.

Skamania County Undersheriff Pat Bond said Linda Cawley, 66, was hiking with a group of about five when, around 11 a.m., she fell.

Bond said she reportedly stumbled after some kind of quick movement, then fell into the river, going over three waterfalls. The group was about 2½ miles up the trail, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies, the Volcano Rescue Team and North Country EMS responded. Her body was recovered by about 8 p.m., Bond said.

Several people have died in accidents in the area over the years, most recently in July 2016, when a man slipped on a rock in the Muddy River, upstream from the falls. Five others were killed from 1995 to 2003.