GRANITE FALLS — A mountain rescue team recovered the body of a Seattle man who fell through an ice bridge on the Gothic Basin trail.
The man, 30, had been hiking around 5 p.m. Friday, about three miles from a trailhead at Barlow Pass, when he attempted to cross the ice bridge, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. He fell through, and then ice and snow boulders fell on top of him.
He died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
Search and rescue teams found him that night, but couldn’t recover his body due to dangerous conditions. They returned at least three more times in the following days.
On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office and Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue recovered the man’s body.
The Gothic Basin trail, off the Mountain Loop Highway near Monte Cristo, is well known among local hikers for both its natural beauty and its perilous snow bridges in the early summer hiking season, when hidden streams form under thinning snowbanks.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to confirm the man’s identity, as well as his cause and manner of death.