The Mt. Baker Ski Area sits in the shadow of Mount Shuksan, in the final miles of Highway 542. This shows snow conditions in August 2016. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file)

The Mt. Baker Ski Area sits in the shadow of Mount Shuksan, in the final miles of Highway 542. This shows snow conditions in August 2016. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file)

Mukilteo hiker, 36, dies in apparent fall near Mount Baker

Ronald Slama was hiking the Lake Ann trail when he got lost late Monday. He was later found dead.

GLACIER — A Mukilteo hiker who went missing at the Mt. Baker Ski Area this week was found dead two days later at the bottom of a steep cliff, authorities announced Friday.

Ronald Slama, 36, appeared to have fallen about 100 feet to his death, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Slama had phoned his mother Monday, saying he’d gotten lost while hiking the popular Lake Ann trail on an arm of Mount Shuksan, the sheriff’s office reported. The trail begins near the end of twisting, paved Mount Baker Highway, with switchbacks that descend from 4,700 feet elevation, just southwest of Panorama Dome.

The son reportedly told his mother he didn’t know exactly where he was, but he could see a ski lodge and chair lift. Both features are visible from Pan Dome, a centerpiece of the ski area. He’d planned to spend the night, then hike down to the lodge in the morning. Slama had overnight gear, according to the sheriff’s office.

His mother called the sheriff’s office around 10 p.m., to pass along what her son said.

On Tuesday morning, she didn’t hear from him.

A crew from Bellingham Mountain Rescue and a U.S. border helicopter scoured the slopes around two chair lifts, No. 1 and No. 6, with no sign of the missing man on Tuesday.

Search teams found Slama’s body Wednesday near the Chair 1 lift.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; Twitter: @snocaleb.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Feds drop charges against man accused of mailing explosives

Thanh Cong Phan, of Everett, was deemed mentally incompetent. One package was tracked to Mill Creek.

Everett to consider allowing three more pot shops in city

After months of economic, planning and public safety review, the city council could vote next month.

Dr. Spitters: We’re still in the middle of the pandemic

COVID metrics continue a positive trend, but masks and social distancing are here to stay, officials say.

Mudslide closes Lowell Larimer Road near Snohomish

The slide appeared to have come from a construction site, following heavy rains.

Blisters and bonding: A father and son hoof it for 40 miles

Fred Sirianni of Marysville and his son, Jake, walked 19 hours from New York City to Connecticut.

Panel says full-time mayor in Lake Stevens should earn 80K

Salary commission set the figure Thursday. An Oct. 19 hearing gives residents a chance to respond

State asking Boeing what will keep 787 production in Everett

Closing that production line could cost thousands of local jobs.

Hot button issue: Stores ask employees to remove ‘BLM’ pins

Workers say Fred Meyer and QFC stores have banned “Black Lives Matter” buttons at work.

After turbulent voyage, USS Kidd sailors return to Everett

After COVID-19 spread through the crew in April, they completed a mission to halt drug trafficking.

Most Read