A SALT LAKE COUNTY FAMILY IS IN MOURNING, AFTER A WOMAN FELL TO HER DEATH -- IN BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON -- WHILE HIKING WITH THEM.

UNIFIED POLICE SAY ANA RAYA, 40, SLIPPED AND FELL ABOUT 100 FEET.

AUTHORITIES SAY SNOWMELT RUNOFF HAS MADE SHALE ROCK -- ON THE POPULAR TRAIL -- MORE SLIPPERY THAN NORMAL.

THE TRAIL WAS CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS, AS CREWS RECOVERED THE VICTIM'S BODY.