Hiker collapses, found dead on Big Sur trail

A hiker collapsed and was found dead Friday on a trail in Big Sur. According to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton Moore was hiking with his friends to Pine Valley from the China Camp Trailhead in Los Padres Forest. Moore was trailing behind and told his friends to go to the campsite without him. Moore was last seen by his friends at 3:30 p.m. Friday. His friends became concerned after a few hours had passed, and they went back to look for him. They found him unconscious and unresponsive at 5:30 p.m. Deputies with Monterey County Sheriff’s Officer Search and Rescue arrived at the scene around 11:30 p.m. Friday night. The Sheriff’s Office says no foul play is suspected. Monterey County Sheriff’s Office says Moore was in his early 40s. Monterey County Search and Rescue helped recover the body, and Moore was transferred to the coroner at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The investigation will be taken over by the Monterey County Coroner’s Division.

A hiker collapsed and was found dead Friday on a trail in Big Sur.

According to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Clayton Moore was hiking with his friends to Pine Valley from the China Camp Trailhead in Los Padres Forest. Moore was trailing behind and told his friends to go to the campsite without him.

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Moore was last seen by his friends at 3:30 p.m. Friday. His friends became concerned after a few hours had passed, and they went back to look for him. They found him unconscious and unresponsive at 5:30 p.m.

Deputies with Monterey County Sheriff’s Officer Search and Rescue arrived at the scene around 11:30 p.m. Friday night. The Sheriff’s Office says no foul play is suspected.

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office says Moore was in his early 40s.

Monterey County Search and Rescue helped recover the body, and Moore was transferred to the coroner at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The investigation will be taken over by the Monterey County Coroner’s Division.

Contributed by local news sources

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