FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A teenage boy has died of head injuries five days after falling on Yosemite National Park’s most popular hiking trail.

The Stanislaus County coroner says 17-year-old Kao Kue of Fresno died at a Modesto hospital Wednesday night.

According to park spokeswoman Kari Cobb, the teen was hiking the Mist Trail when he slipped.

The trail runs alongside Vernal Fall, and signs warn hikers that mist from the fall can make the trail slippery.

Cobb declined to discuss details of Kue’s fall because he was a minor.

In May, a Texas man drowned in the Merced River when he slipped from the Mist Trail.

So far, 14 people have died this year inside Yosemite, a modern-day record. Kue is not included in that count because he died outside of the park.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (8)
  1. Rick Rusconi says:

    I have hiked the “mist Trail” in dry & wet weather. If anyone “slipps” off this trail it is their falt. Millions of people hike this trail each year. Anyone who slipps and falls & dies on this trail is a (1 in a million) and must be someone that is trying to “push the limit”. Hopefully this will not close a “GREAT trail” Future generations need to experience this trail.

  2. hardtyme3 says:

    I don’t understand why he isn’t included in the fatality count? Isn’t that in the park?

    1. sharpone says:

      He died at a Modesto hospital, not in the park. I wonder how many people are hurt in the park, seriously.

  3. jackie says:

    Closing this trail would be like closing I-5 because to many people are killed driving on it. There is really no excuse for anyone to die on this trail, none, nata. When people get deliberately careless hiking in Yosemite they are going to get in a heap trouble and they have recently due to their own carelessness.
    We have never been on the mist trail when it wasn’t slippery.

  4. Jim says:

    I climbed Half Dome the day this happened and went via the Mist Trail both ways. While I agree that some accidents are avoidable, not all of them are. I do not think it is appropriate to blame this person when he has just died. But I do agree that the trail should not be closed. This is not a political forum and we do not need to blame someone (particularly when they died) to make our point..

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