Police ID Colo. man who died in fall while hiking

A Colorado man who died in a fall Saturday while hiking the Waihou Spring Trail in Makawao has been identified as 60-year-old Lynn Wyatt Huff of Boulder, police said.

He had been hiking with his wife and friends in the area off Olinda Road when he slipped off the trail at a steep and narrow switchback, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said that Huff fell down a steep embankment and went over the edge of a cliff, falling 20 to 25 feet into a rocky ravine.

Police officers responding to the 11:37 a.m. report walked about a mile down the trail and met with Huff’s wife, who showed them the location where her husband fell, police said. Officers hiked about a half-mile to the bottom of the ravine to the riverbbed, then hiked about another half-mile east through the riverbbed until they met with a female who was with the victim, police said. He was lifeless, according to police.

American Medical Response and fire crews arrived shortly afterward to help retrieve the man’s body, police said.

Preliminary investigation showed that Huff suffered possible head injuries in the fall. Officers said that the forest area contained heavily saturated clay dirt, possibly due to recent rainfall.