DEATH VALLEY, Calif. — A 52-year-old Leawood, Kansas man was found dead on the Golden Canyon Trail in Death Valley National Park on Saturday.
Blake Chaplin was found near the Manly Beacon formation on the trail and is the second fatality reported on the trail within a week.
Another hiker found Chaplin’s body and reported it to national park staff who recovered Chaplin on foot as no helicopters were not available.
Temperatures for Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 in Death Valley reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit.
The park said that although the temperatures were a few degrees below the average, hikers should take the same precautions when preparing to visit Death Valley National Park.
No foul play is expected in Chaplin’s death, but it continues to be investigated by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and Inyo County Coroner.