Hiking Trails

Grand Canyon hiker dies on trail during extreme heat


An Ohio backpacker was found dead in the Grand Canyon on Sunday, a day that saw a high temperature of 115 degrees.

The death of Michelle Meder, 53, of Hudson, Ohio, was likely linked to the heat, the National Park Service said on Monday.

The park received a call at around 1:15 p.m. on Sunday about a hiker suffering from a heat-related illness on the Tonto Trail near Monument Creek, and rangers determined she was dead, the department said. Park. She had walked down the Hermit’s Trail on Saturday. S

he was walking from this trail to the Bright Angel Trail on a multi-day trip, the park service said.

The investigation into Meder’s death was underway on Monday and included the Coconino County medical examiner’s office, the park service said.

The high pressure at Phantom Ranch, which sits at the bottom of the canyon, was 115 degrees on Sunday, and the area was under excessive heat warning on Monday.

Temperatures on exposed parts of the trail can reach 120 degrees in the shade in the summer, the park service has warned. He said people shouldn’t hike the inner canyon between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Large parts of the west were suffocated by excessive heat during one of the worst heat waves in June in decades.

Record-breaking heat ended Monday in California and the southwest, the National Weather Service said. But the red flag warnings, which arise when conditions exist that could lead to large wildfires, covered most of Utah, parts of southern Nevada and parts of Arizona on Monday.