Washington healthcare exec faces charges after Grand Canyon hike allegedly broke COVID-19 rules

Joseph Mount is accused of leading more than 150 people on a trip to the Grand Canyon last year. He now faces federal charges.

SEATTLE — The beauty and spectacle of the Grand Canyon draw people from around the world, but a hiking trip during the pandemic has landed a Washington healthcare executive in federal court.

Records filed in Arizona U.S. District Court alleged that in October 2020, Joseph Don Mount led a group of approximately 153 people on a hiking trip in Grand Canyon National Park. Hikers transited “rim to rim,” a popular route that takes hikers on a strenuous trek thousands of feet down

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