This weekend, rangers received a report of a twenty-six year old female that fell into Silliman Creek along the Twin Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and was subsequently swept downstream
With record setting high temperatures forecast for the parks, remaining snow in high elevation areas is rapidly melting. Rangers want to remind visitors that rivers and water crossings are swift, cold, and dangerous.
“River crossings fluctuate with temperature and time of day,” said U.S. Park Ranger Leah Tobin. “Just because you we able to cross in the morning, does not mean the same crossing will be at the same level when you come back to it in the afternoon.”
Use extra caution when traveling in the wilderness as trails may have different conditions from last year. Be sure to have proper stream crossing techniques and always unbuckle your pack when crossing waterways. Wilderness users may experience intermittent trail delays in this area as rangers work to secure the area.
For more information and a video about water and river safety, please visit http://go.nps.gov/sekiriversafety