Thankfully, after a long time away from hiking due to injury, I’ve started back… Over the weekend I hiked the Red Rocks, near Vegas, and today… After a commercial call back as a blowhard outdoorsman, and rain yesterday… I thought it was the perfect time to do one or two of my standard hikes out of Chantry Flats.
Upon getting there, I noticed a packed parking lot, several rescue vehicles, news vans, and sheriff cars… Never a good sign. Mountain lion attack? Lost kid? Heart attack? Stroke victim? Or did someone once again “fall,” or “dive,” or “jump,” into the water below Hermit Falls, resulting in their death…
Anyone who’s hiked to Hermit Falls on a hot day has seen a wide variety of testosterone-fueled-thrill-seekers or drunken-beer-drinkers screaming into the air as they leap and then fall at 9.8 meters per second towards the water below. Which, is risky behavior on any day… However, when you see the pictures posted below, you’ll see how low the water levels were on the hike to Sturtevant Falls, which is basically the same creek, though up stream.
I’ve no idea if low water levels are what killed this individual, I’m just saying, it’s VERY RISKY behavior on any given day. This is not the first time someone has died there, and I’m guessing it won’t be the last.
Besides all the rescue, emergency and news vans, the parking lot was jammed, which is very odd for a Wednesday. Lots of moms with kids, High Schoolers, and college-aged hikers… Perhaps it’s a week without school, or maybe there were a lot of other adventurer/outdoorsman auditions for various age & ethnic groups around town.
Shame someone died at Hermit Falls today, and I’m sure their family and friends will grieve their loss for many times to come.
Always use good judgement out there, nature isn’t a ride a Disneyland.
– Quiche Out