Person identified that fell from Misery Ridge Trail

The name of the person who fell from the trail atop Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State Park has been released. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Alex Reed of Bend died when he fell more than 200 feet off the trail. Those in the area heard a scream as Reed slipped and landed at the bottom of the ridge.  This is the 2nd person who has died in the last 6 months falling from that trail.


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