21-year-old hiker dies after boulder falls on him near Index

Technical rescue workers near scene of rock field where hiker was pinned under rock. (Photo: Snohomish County Fire District 7)

INDEX, Wash. — A 21-year-old hiker climbing on a steep rock field near Heybrook Lookout was killed after a boulder gave way and fell on him near Index, authorities said Friday.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said a rescue mission was launched around 1:30 p.m. Friday after it was reported that a rock had fallen on a man.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 said later that the victim was among a group of four hikers. He was climbing on a steep rock field when the boulder gave way, pinning him underneath. The other hikers were able to call 911 while on the trail. The hikers were about 1.2 miles up the steep Forest Service Road 6340 in Index, the district said.

A technical rescue team arrived and was able to pull the boulder off the victim and get him to the trail. “Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries,” the fire district said.

Identification of the victim, as well as cause and manner of death, will be determined and released by the Snohomish County medical examiner, the sheriff’s office said.