Hiker dies after fall from cliff at river gorge in U.P.

LAIRD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 75-year-old man has died after falling from a cliff while hiking down a trail near a waterfall in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

State police say Douglas Welker, of Pelkie, slipped at the edge of the cliff Monday at Sturgeon River Gorge near Houghton County’s Laird Township.

Welker fell 20 feet and struck his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. State police say an investigation reveals his death to be accidental.

The gorge is part of the rugged Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness, about 80 miles west of Marquette.