Crater Lake National Park, Ore. - A week long search for a missing hiker at Crater Lake National Park is being scaled back.
The hiker is believed to have fallen down the caldera while snow-shoeing.
Crater Lake Public Information Officer Marsha McCabe says park rangers believe the hiker may have fallen off of a trail leading to Garfield Peak, just to the east of Crater Lake Lodge "There was a set of snow shoe tracks that went out towards the edge of the caldera, and didn't come back."
The hiker rented snow shoes from the Rim Village gift shop on April 28th.
Two days later, McCabe notes that a missing person report was filed "And so we started a search."
The hiker's vehicle was still in the parking lot, and one of his personal items was found on the Garfield Peak trail where the snow shoe track ended.
McCabe will only say that the hiker was a man from outside Oregon "The family has asked that we not release any personal information at this time."
It's believed that the hiker walked out onto a snow cornice, or overhang, which then collapsed.
"It is unlikely that they could have survived the fall." Added McCabe.
That fall would have been about 1100 feet.
Marsha McCabe points out that the incident underscores the need to keep back from the caldera "And just for your safety, and your family's safety, please keep away from the edge."
For now, the location of the missing hiker remains a mystery.
Helicopters were unable to find any traces of the hiker.
Rangers hope to get a boat onto the lake sometime next month to search the shore area.
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