Muir Woods Trail Closed After Hiker Killed by Falling Tree

A popular North Bay hiking trail is closed for Christmas at Muir Woods after a tree fell on a group of hikers, killing one man on Christmas Eve.

The 29-year-old man was hiking on the Hillside trail along
Redwood Creek when the tree fell on three hikers. The victim was pinned
underneath and died.

A woman with the group was hurt by falling branches. The
third hiker was unharmed.

Muir Woods remains open, but the Hillside trail will be
closed until after the holiday weekend.

“This is a very rare and isolated event that may have
occurred due to wet ground, from recent winter storms, around the roots of the
tree,” Muir Woods officials said in a statement.

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