Hiker dies after fall from rock in Columbia River Gorge

Hiker dies after fall from rock in Columbia River Gorge
The trail was closed during the rescue attempt. (Photo by Mike Brandenberger, KATU News)

A hiker died after he fell from a rock in the Columbia River Gorge on Saturday.

Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said the man fell near the top of the Angel’s Rest trail. Another hiker who was with the man called 9-1-1 after the fall and said she couldn't see or hear her friend, according to Alexander.

The hiker was later identified as 29-year-old Michael A. Cigler of Hillsboro.

Cigler fell about 75 feet from a rock that he had been sitting on near the top of Angel's Rest. Alexander said Cigler rolled another 30 to 40 feet before he came to a stop on the hill.

"My understanding is they had climbed on a rock or had gone off the trail a little bit onto the top of a rock, and then at some point one of them stood up, lost his balance and fell off the trail," said Alexander.

Another hiker who was on the trail made his way down to Cigler, but said he could not detect a pulse.

A rescue team repelled down to Cigler, but he was dead when they arrived.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the fall, Alexander said.

"That will be part of the death investigation we're conducting," said Alexander.