Local hiker falls to death from Sedona ridge

The arrow shows the location  where Sedona hiker Douglas Sims’ body was recovered. Photo courtesy Chief Kris Kazian/ Sedona FD

The arrow shows the location where Sedona hiker Douglas Sims’ body was recovered. Photo courtesy Chief Kris Kazian/ Sedona FD

SEDONA -- Shortly after 8 o'clock Sunday morning, Sedona Fire District crews were sent on a report of an injured hiker in West Sedona.

This is in the area of the Thunder Mountain and Chimney Rock Trails.

At the Andante Trailhead, SFD Captain Ralph Kurtz established cell phone contact with the reporting party and was able pinpoint the location of the injured hiker.

SFD crews quickly hiked in to find the hiker located approximately 300 feet from the top of the trail.

The hiker had fallen about 60 feet to his death. The Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter assisted SFD crews in removing the hiker.

The hiker has been identified as 65-year-old Douglas Sims of Sedona.

Sedona Fire Marshal Gary Johnson says these incidents are very labor intensive and time consuming and in many cases, involve multiple fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies.

Always wear proper footwear, bring food, water, and appropriate clothing. Be sure to carry a cell phone and also let someone know where you are going and the expected to return. Never hike alone.

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