Kent man, 19, dies in fall while hiking in North Cascades

The Bellingham Herald

A 19-year-old Kent man died last week while hiking near remote Wing Lake in the North Cascades National Park.

The lake is in eastern Skagit County, near the Okanogan and Chelan county lines.

The man, identified as Luis Angel Moreno, was with at least one other person Wednesday when he apparently fell from Black Peak, according to a news release from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.

Morales’ friend hiked from Black Peak until he found a group of campers. He asked for their help in calling for assistance, the release states.

The campers activated their personal locator beacon, and one of the campers hiked out of the area to get help.

The Skagit County Search and Rescue team, along with the National Parks service, attempted to locate Morales that day, but were not successful.

The recovery effort resumed Thursday, the release stated, with Sheriff’s Office and Parks Service rescuers locating Morales’ body in a “very remote and rugged portion” of eastern Skagit County, near the Wenatchee National Forest.

A private helicopter company out of Darrington was able to hoist Morales’ body from the area and release it to the Skagit County Coroner’s Office, which declared his death accidental, the release states.