Yosemite hiker missing, backpack found at Vernal Fall

FRESNO, Calif.

Yosemite National Park Rangers said they are conducting a search for a missing hiker, 73 year old Kenneth Stensby, who set off on a day hike early Sunday morning, May 5, on his way to Vernal Fall. Stensby, an avid hiker from Edina, Minnesota, had been in the park for several days and was staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel.

Park Rangers say Stensby left a note early Sunday morning informing the hotel staff that he was leaving for the hike early and expected to be back at the hotel by noon.

The National Park Service said Park Rangers are conducting the search along the Mist Trail, from Happy Isles to the top of Vernal Fall. About 30 people and a dog team are currently involved in the search effort.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Kenneth Stensby, or if you saw or moved his backpack, please call (209) 372-0432.


If you hiked the Mist Trail or John Muir Trail to Vernal or Nevada Falls on Sunday, May 5, please email your name, phone numbers, itinerary, and approximate time that you were at the top of Vernal Fall to stensbysearch@yahoo.com.

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