Hikers terrified as massive debris flow rumbles down Mount Rainier

A glacial debris flow rushes down Tahoma Creek on Mount Rainier. Photo: Scott Beason/NPS

The distant rumbling sounded like a train at first, but then Zachary Jones and Caroline Pedro saw a river of trees and boulders advancing toward them and Jones’ initial response was, “If we’re gonna die, we might as well film it.”

The hikers at Mount Rainier, Washington, captured the accompanying footage last Thursday while walking on a trail that’s now closed for obvious reasons.

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