Arizona woman falls 500 feet to death while hiking in Yosemite National Park

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A 29-year-old woman from Arizona died Thursday afternoon while hiking at Yosemite National Park in California.

Authorities said Danielle Burnett plummeted more than 500 feet to her death after slipping off a steep trail at Yosemite National Park.

“She fell over 500 feet down steep, rocky terrain and was deceased when park rangers arrived on the scene,” park spokesman Scott Gediman said in a statement. “The incident remains under investigation.”

Park rangers install cables along the Half Dome hiking trail every year to help hikers as they climb to the top of the dizzying 8,842-foot granite dome. Thousands of climbers make the roughly 16-mile round trip every year.

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Burnett reportedly fell from the trail at one of the steepest parts. It was unclear as at Friday what caused her to fall, but that portion of the climb has a well-earned reputation for danger, according to reports.

Authorities said she was dead when park rangers arrived on the scene.


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