Woman dies after being struck by falling rock on closed Yosemite trail

A woman who decided to hike along a closed trail in Yosemite National Park has died. 

The National Park Service says the 56-year-old woman was walking on the Mist Trail when she was "struck by falling rock and ice."

She later died from her injuries and the incident remains under investigation. 

NPS says that that section of the park is closed this time of year because of "icy and hazardous conditions."

They say the trail closure was clearly marked, adding the woman “...ignored the signs, went around the gate and the incident happened on the trail leading to Vernal Fall."

Related: Horsetail Fall ‘Firefall’ Yosemite National Park 

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Horsetail Fall 'Firefall' Yosemite National Park
Firefall: This is a picture of the Horse tail waterfall in Yosemite. Every year for two weeks in February, the sun sets at a certain angle that illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red making it look like a liquid fire. There are a number of conditions that need to be met to make this happen (enough snow, warm temperatures to melt that snow, and clear skies). I met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times. When the fall started glowing, I could not believe what I was seeing. For 10 minutes, all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle. When it ended, a few of us had tears in our eyes, while some where clapping , and others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years. #westcoast_exposures #usinterior #visitcalifornia #wildcalifornia_ #lonelyplanet #superhubs #500px #igdaily #ig_today #ig_impulse #ig_exquisite #princely_shotz #jaw_dropping_shots #artofvisuals #natgeoyourshot #igpodium #sfgate #nikon #yourtake #topshelf_shots #abc7now #firefall #rawcalifornia #optoutside #neverstopexploring #nbcbayarea #earthpix #igworldclub #beautifuldestinations #awesomeearth
Another perspective of the Firefall. This is a picture of the Horse tail waterfall in Yosemite. Every year for two weeks in February, the sun sets at a certain angle that illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red making it look like a liquid fire. There are a number of conditions that need to be met to make this happen (enough snow, warm temperatures to melt that snow, and clear skies). I met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times. When the fall started glowing, I could not believe what I was seeing. For 10 minutes, all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle. When it ended, a few of us had tears in our eyes, while some where clapping , and others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years. #westcoast_exposures #usinterior #visitcalifornia #wildcalifornia_ #lonelyplanet #superhubs #500px #igdaily #ig_today #ig_impulse #ig_exquisite #princely_shotz #jaw_dropping_shots #artofvisuals #natgeoyourshot #igpodium #sfgate #nikon #yourtake #topshelf_shots #abc7now #firefall #rawcalifornia #optoutside #neverstopexploring #cnn #earthpix #igworldclub #beautifuldestinations #awesomeearth
Here's a close up (cropped) of the horsetail fall. This was the very tail end of the firefall event. Good luck to all that are chasing it this week. #foxnewschicago #foxnews #foxnewschicagowlfd #abc7newsbayarea #abc7eyewitness #ktvu2 #nbc #rootsrated #sfgate #yourtake #ig_histogram #ig_shotz_february #ig_captures #igtravel #ig_europe #ig_cameras_united #optoutside #firefall #instatravel #nps #bpmag #outdoors #getoutside #naturephotography #nationalparks #beautifuldestinations #lonelyplanet #usinterior #yosemitenps #abc7vista
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Yosemite's jaw-dropping "firefall" is not actually fire, but it's still impressive: https://t.co/eN4jYkCIAm https://t.co/a3DaWVpji7
Bizarre lava-like 'Firefall' returns to Yosemite (PHOTOS) https://t.co/WTOJPDbB7i https://t.co/gLmfKL7UU1
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A rare "firefall" sighting made Yosemite look like a burning orange waterfall this week https://t.co/PI7Jb1B0XO https://t.co/44679TPTJ5
Incredible timelapse captures Yosemite 'firefall' phenomenon https://t.co/2I7HiFfYzI https://t.co/RbI34oQ1lz
Incredible video of "Firefall" phenomenon caused by the sun's angle @YosemiteNPS. More here. https://t.co/4KSczSJhcv https://t.co/WEUjCRnE9Z
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