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West Linn Man Dies In 30 Foot Fall From Falls Creek Trail Sunday

At approximately 6:30 PM Sunday evening, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Skamania County EMS, Skamania County Fire District #1, and the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded to the report of a hiker that had fallen from the Falls Creek Trail approximately 15 miles north of Carson Washington in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Thomas Bennett, 65, from West Linn, Oregon was hiking with his wife, Susan, when he stumbled on the trail and fell approximately 30 feet over a nearly vertical cliff. When rescuers arrived, they located Mr. Bennett submerged in 3 feet of water in Falls Creek. Another hiker, Michael Nelson, from Lake Oswego, came upon Mrs. Bennett on the trail and drove her to Carson where the incident was reported.


Thank you for your assistance

Dave Cox
Skamania County Sheriff’s Office