Climber Dies After Fall at Smith Rock


Misery Ridge, a popular hiking trail at Smith Rock State Park, was closed for several hours on Tuesday morning after a hiker died in the area. 

A man, now identified as 20-year-old Central Oregon resident and climber Alex Reed, fell roughly 200 feet from the top of the Misery Ridge Trail and was dead when first responders arrived. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said Reed feel while hiking but was carrying climbing gear.

A group of hikers said they heard Reed yell when he fell and found his body at the bottom of the ridge. Reed was hiking alone at the time of the fall and the Sheriff’s Department as deemed his fall accidental.

Twelve Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers assisted in removing the body due to the difficult terrain. Deputies were also assisted by the Smith Rock State Park Rangers and volunteers as well as the Redmond Fire Department.


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