Smith Rock hiker injured

A 71-year-old woman was transported from Smith Rock State Park on Sunday after sustaining an injury while hiking the Misery Ridge trail.

Cyndy Cook, of Bend, slipped on loose rocks on the steep section of the trail and was unable to continue, according to a release from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Seven members of Deschutes County Search and Rescue were at Smith Rock State Park at the time for training. The team, plus a state park ranger, hiked to the woman’s location. Six more SAR members responded from Bend and Redmond fire departments. Paramedics accessed the opposite side of the Crooked River with a large raft.

Cook was evaluated by Redmond paramedics, placed in a litter and brought down the steep trail, according to the release. Cook and all other personnel were ferried back across the river at 1:30 p.m.

Cook was transported to St. Charles Redmond with a minor injury.

— Bulletin staff report

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