Camas woman dies after falling from ‘difficult, treacherous’ Spirit Falls trail

Skamania Co. Sheriff's Office says Debby Lail, 54, was hiking on Gorge-area trail with her dog on June 18 when she fell off trail into water below

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A Camas woman has died after apparently falling from a steep trail near Spirit Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. 

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office said Debby Lynn Lail, 54, of Camas, was hiking in the Spirit Falls area with her dog on June 18. 

“Access to the area is difficult and becomes more treacherous as you near the falls and waterline,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release issued Thursday, June 23. “While near the waterfall, Lail fell into the water and sustained injuries. She was unable to self-rescue.” 

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around noon on June 18, reporting that a person had been spotted floating in the water at or near the fish hatchery near the inlet of the Little White Salmon River at Drano Lake. 

Skamania deputies responded to the call and, with the assistance of a Washington State Fish and Game officer, located and recovered Lail’s body.  

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of Lail’s death.