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PostSun Jun 30, 2019 9:22 pm 
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Anyone see him Sunday?  Please contact King County Sheriff.  206-296-3311.

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/search-for-missing-hiker-underway-near-keekwulee-falls/962848781

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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 9:44 am 
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A good ending
https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/hiker-overdue-in-denny-creek-area-of-cascades/289851765

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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 9:57 am 
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InFlight wrote:
A good ending
https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/hiker-overdue-in-denny-creek-area-of-cascades/289851765

That's a different hiker from 2016. I believe they're still looking for the one that went missing yesterday.
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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 9:57 am 
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Those stories relate to two different missing hikers.
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PostMon Jul 01, 2019 12:11 pm 
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Correct Mr Rao is still missing.

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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 4:19 am 
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A tragic end in the updated original link. Condolences to his loved ones.

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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 11:25 am 
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RIP Mr. Rao

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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 4:00 pm 
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Updated report, from the Seattle Times:

The body of a missing hiker was found Monday night near Granite Mountain in the Snoqualmie Pass area, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said the body is that of Kumaraswami “Kumar” Rao, 55, but the King County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the body and cause of death.

Rao began hiking alone on Denny Creek Trail, which is off Interstate 90 just west of Snoqualmie Pass, early Sunday morning. He had a camera and tripod with him and told his family he’d be home no later than noon, according to the sheriff’s office.

They called 911 when he didn’t return by 2:30 p.m.

The trail is popular among hikers and families, who typically stop and turn around after reaching the natural water slides or continue on for a six-mile roundtrip hike, according to the Washington Trails Association. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said hikers have been known to get lost in the area, though.

More than 60 sheriff’s deputies and search-and-rescue members looked for Rao in an area Abbott said was larger than the city of Seattle. They found a body matching his description off the trail around 9 p.m. Monday. He had hiked about 6 miles in and appeared to have taken some wrong turns, Abbott said.

No foul play is expected, Abbott said.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/searchers-find-body-of-man-believed-to-be-missing-denny-creek-hiker/
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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 6:37 pm 
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Thanks, nordique for providing the text from that report.

That's a pretty popular trail with folks heading up to Melakwa Lake and other places.  I should think he encountered a number of people along the way.  I know that it's a bit tricky beyond Hemlock Pass if you are trying to make it to the Pratt River basin and beyond--especially if there is still hard snowpack covered by fir needles, etc..  ~z

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PostTue Jul 02, 2019 8:42 pm 
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Link to 7/2/19 KCSO press release

Six miles up the Denny Creek trail but on Granite Mountain? confused.gif

Maybe lower Tuscohatchie?
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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 11:20 am 
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The last CP for the search was at Granite Mtn trailhead! Whatever route he followed would be interesting to know.

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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 12:50 pm 
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In the Pratt about 500 feet upstream from where the Lower Tuscohatchie-Kaleetan Lake trail crosses the Pratt.  We'll probably never know how or why he was in the river.

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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 1:55 pm 
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I was there a week ago. Came back down in the dark by headlamp. Because I was looking down where I was stepping, I missed the signed junction with the trail to Lower Tuscohatchie. The signs are posted about 10 feet up a tree trunk and it's not an obvious fork.

I mistakenly went down the trail to Lower Tuscohatchie for a few minutes. Walked about 200-300 yards before I noticed the trail surface and wear seemed very different from the one back to Hemlock Pass.

In case it helps, the trail back to to Hemlock Pass is well-established and very muddy. The trail to Lower Tuscohatchie is much drier, mostly needles, no mud. It's also much less distinct in spots.

It would be very easy for an inexperienced hiker to miss the junction and have no idea they were going the wrong way until they had dropped 1100' and reached Lower Tuscohatchie Lake. And then what? They're tired and not sure what happened, and several miles from any trailhead.
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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 3:10 pm 
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Folks have been getting lost there for years, I thought they had corrected some of the signs a few years ago.

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PostWed Jul 03, 2019 3:41 pm 
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car68 wrote:
In the Pratt about 500 feet upstream from where the Lower Tuscohatchie-Kaleetan Lake trail crosses the Pratt.  We'll probably never know how or why he was in the river.

I know that area.  What was he doing up there?  Strange.  Did SAR find him?  Nobody hikes down that trail.  Windy/Kaleetan gets very little traffic.

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