Hiker falls 100+ feet, dies climbing mountain near Squaw Valley

A Truckee man who was hiking with two other men at night near Squaw Valley fell more than 100 feet down a cliff and died, Placer County sheriff’s officials said Thursday morning.

The trio was hiking Wednesday night in the area of Big Chief, just east of Highway 89 and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, when search and rescue crews were called to the area about 10 p.m. for a fallen hiker.

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The men, in their 20s and 30s, were out rock climbing during the day in the area. Later that night, they went to hike to the top of Big Chief. Although they had headlamps on, the visibility was very poor, sheriff’s deputies said.

While climbing up the mountain, they came across a large boulder. With little light, they suspected that there was a significant drop on the side of the rock, so they threw rocks to into the dark to judge the depth. They didn’t hear the sound of the rocks, and believed it was a long drop, officers said.

The trio began climbing to get around the boulder, and one of them fell to his death. His name has not been released.

The remaining two hikers were found, as was the victim’s body.

All three men were from the Lake Tahoe area.

No additional details have been released.

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