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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Palouse Falls hiker injured by falling rock


Last updated 5/19/2021 at 9:41am

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Rescuers prepare to hoist an injured hiker from a trail near the bottom of Palouse Falls on Tuesday afternoon.

PALOUSE FALLS - A hikers was airlifted from Palouse Falls State Park to an area hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was knocked unconscious by a falling rock and hoisted from the waterfall basin.

The man and his wife were hiking near the bottom of the falls when a rock "described as being the size of a football" fell and struck him, knocking him unconscious, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office reported.

The 28-year-old man, whose name has yet to be released, was hoisted out of the waterfall basin to an awaiting helicopter, the Sheriff's Office reported.

"Weather conditions prevented Life Flight from getting their helicopter down to his location," a Sheriff's Office report said. "The victim had to be hoisted out by pure muscle, supplied by Columbia Basin Dive and Rescue, Pasco Fire, Franklin County Fire, Franklin County Sheriff's Office and others."

The man was placed aboard the awaiting helicopter and he was airlifted from the scene.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A rescuer rappels down the waterfall basin cliff.

"He was conscious and alert during his transport," the report said.

Washington State Parks oversees Palouse Falls.

Because of previous injuries, signs have been posted along the hiking route warning people to refrain from getting too close to the cliff edges surrounding the basin.


The Sheriff's Office issued the following reminder to falls visitors:

"Palouse Falls is a beautiful location where many people can enjoy the wonders of nature and breathe taking scenery. The cliffs and the river are unforgiving to mistakes, missteps, and inattention. Please enjoy these locations with upmost safety in mind."

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