Hiker Drowns Crossing Mt. Rainier RiverThe 22-year-old was swept away in the West Fork of the White River.Author:Backpacker ContributorsPublish date:Jul 31, 2018Updated onJul 31, 2018A distant view of Mt. Rainier and the White RiverPeter StevensLast weekend, a 22-year-old hiker drowned while trying to cross the West Fork of the White River on Mt. Rainer National Park's Northern Loop Trail. Rangers recovered her body 150 yards downstream.