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Dangers highlighted after hiker dies at Red Rock

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A sign welcomes visitors to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on Feb. 14, 2016. (Robert Noble/FOX5) A sign welcomes visitors to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on Feb. 14, 2016. (Robert Noble/FOX5)
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Experts are warning others after a hiker fell to his death at Red Rock Canyon, making it the third deadly hiking incident in recent months.

The most recent death happened on a moderate level trail at Red Rock.

“Even on a trail someone can trip on a rock, hit their head and be knocked out and even unfortunately die,” said expert hiker Branch Whitney.

Whitney said you never know what could happen on a hiking trail, even if it is not considered difficult.

Thursday night, Justin Manering fell 150 feet at Ice Box Canyon. Police said Manering was on an evening hike with a group when it happened. Manering died by the time rescue crews were able to reach him.

FOX5 spoke to some people spending the day at the trail.              

“We had a great time. It’s a perfect day. Start early before it gets too hot and Ice Box is nice because you can get some shade on the south side of the canyon,” said Scott Mcnulty, of Henderson.

Ice Box Canyon is known for its low elevation and narrow slots making it a trail for moderately capable hikers. It is not clear what kind of experience Manering, but officials with the Bureau of Land Management said the fact the hiker fell 150 feet is telling.

“If he fell that high, he was not on the designated trail, because our trail pretty much stays at the bottom of the Canyon,” said Kathy August, of the Bureau of Land Management.

August said under the right circumstances any trail can be dangerous. She said there are a few things you should check before starting a hike.

“Do you have good people coming with you that know the way? Do you have the appropriate equipment? Are you ready for your hike? Bring enough water typically when its hot,” August said.

August suggested a popular beginner trail such as Lost Creek or Willow Springs Loop Trail if you are a novice hiker. 

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