Utah man rescued after fall from Thunderbird Falls

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 09:59

A Utah hiker was rescued from the mud at the base of Thunderbird Falls on Friday.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Owen Hagland, 25, reportedly fell while trying to climb the falls and got stuck in the mud. Troopers were notified at around 5:15 p.m., and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group was called to the scene. Rescuers were was able to get Hagland out of the mud, troopers said; he was reportedly cold but uninjured.

Thunderbird Falls is a popular hiking trail located north of Eagle River just off the Glenn Highway. The hike to the falls itself is less than two miles down a gentle incline, but there are steep cliffs in the area and the falls themselves are slippery and have been the scene of numerous accidents, injuries and rescues over the years.

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