Woman dies after falling while hiking in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge

A woman died after falling 100 feet while hiking in the Columbia River Gorge outside Portland, Oregon on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The woman, who was not immediately identified, was hiking with a group of friends at Wisendanger Falls, a part of the federal park best known for nearby Multnomah Falls, when she fell shortly after 1 p.m., local firefighters and sheriff’s officials said.

Bystanders administered CPR as Corbett Fire Department rescuers and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded, then walked 1.3 miles from a trailhead to the site of the fall, the fire department said in a statement.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The sheriff’s office said she suffered a head injury.

The county search and rescue team was dispatched to help bring the woman’s body back to the trail.

The sheriff’s department said hikers use Larch Mountain Trail No. 441, which leads to mountaintop waterfalls including Wahkeena and Multnomah.

The identity of the woman will be released after notification to her next of kin, the sheriff’s office said.

The area is about 30 miles east of Portland.

The National Park Service claims that Multnomah Falls is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest.

Eric Mendoza contributed.

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