Rescue teams work to reach a hiker stuck on a cliff in the gorge

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. (KPTV) — The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said it was trying to reach a hiker stranded at Munra Point in the Columbia River Gorge on Monday afternoon.

The sheriff’s office said at 10:30 a.m. Monday they received a call from someone at the Bonneville Dam. The caller saw smoke coming from a signal fire near the top of a steep rocky cliff. Through a telescope, the caller saw what appeared to be a distressed hiker.

Sheriff’s deputies using binoculars confirmed the sighting and activated search and rescue members. Due to the difficult nature of the location, the sheriff’s office also dispatched the Hood River Crag Rats, a highly trained mountain rescue team.

At approximately 1:00 p.m., two members of the search party left the trailhead to attempt to reach the stranded hiker and determine the safest rescue option.

The sheriff’s office said they have contacted the stranded 51-year-old. He is able to walk on his own but has not yet been taken down from the cliff.

MCSO said Munra Point is a rocky viewpoint exposed to the west of Wahclella Falls. The Munra Point trail is unmaintained and climbs about 2,000 vertical feet in two miles.

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