Skip to main content

MN hiker critically injured after 50-foot fall in Utah

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A 19-year-old from Duluth is in critical condition in a Utah hospital after sustaining injuries in a 50-foot fall Sunday in Waterfall Canyon near Ogden.

KSL in Salt Lake City said Sophie Hillmeyer was transported to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden via helicopter with a possible skull fracture and injuries to her hip and arm. The accident happened in a remote area that caused delays in responders' ability to reach her.

“My understanding is while she was climbing, a rock came loose from under her foot, she lost her footing, and that’s where she fell,” Lt. Brandon Toll with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 13.

Hillmeyer was reportedly in Utah as part of a volunteer position with AmeriCorps and was hiking with two other volunteers at the time of the fall. The Salt Lake City Tribune said her family was expected to arrive on Monday.

Authorities said it is not uncommon for people to try to climb near the waterfall, but said it is a dangerous ascent. There are signs in the canyon warning people not to try to climb near the waterfall.

“I come up here a lot, and you see kids all the time climb the rocks, even little kids and their parents are there,” hiker Melissa Castro told FOX 13.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-13 at 1.26.13 PM

Workers at Minneapolis Trader Joe's become 2nd in nation to unionize

The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Friday.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Driver killed in ATV crash in Brooklyn Park

The crash occurred in Monroe Park Friday night.

ambulance

Woman killed by suspected drunk-driver in St. Louis County

The crash occurred on Highway 21 in Embarrass Township Friday night.

Jaelyn Campbell

11-year-old girl missing from Mille Lacs County

Jaelyn Campbell was last seen in Onamia.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 1.58.08 PM

2 ejected, 1 killed in crash that closed southbound I-35

The State Patrol says neither were wearing seat belts.

best buy

Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales

The Richfield retailer has been dealing with a shift in consumer trends.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 10.26.20 PM

Man makes 'vague comments' about Jewish people, smashes own car with club

It happened at a course that was founded as a Jewish country club 100 years ago.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 9.59.07 PM

4 abandoned puppies found in a bucket in Willmar

The puppies were in good health when they were discovered.

Minneapolis police

Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin

There have been 57 deaths reported as homicides in Minneapolis this year.

Carson McCoy

Charges: Man stole handgun from house, fired at motorcyclists from car

A chaotic scene that led to a police chase unfolded after an alleged burglary in Ham Lake.

Mounds view 7 - crime scene

BCA's Uniform Crime Report shows violent crime in MN spiked in 2021

The report details violent crime trends in the seven-county metro and Greater Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-08-12 at 4.49.22 PM

Search for vulnerable man, 66, missing from Brooklyn Park

Alex Ramirez was last seen in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Related