A busy night for Salt Lake County Search and Rescue with back to back rescues

Jun 1, 2022, 1:53 PM | Updated: 2:08 pm

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Salt Lake County Search and Rescue responded to two calls back to back on Tuesday night. Photo credit: Salt Lake County Search and Rescue

SALT LAKE CITY — The first person that called for help from Salt Lake County Search and Rescue officials on Tuesday night was a hiker who’d attempted to hike Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon. 

The second was a hiker who said she was lost in Yellow Fork Canyon in Herriman. The sun was setting, and she had no light except for that from her cell phone.

Donut Falls rescue

Salt Lake County Search and Rescue says that a hiker had tried to climb up Donut Falls and then became stuck when he realized he wouldn’t be able to climb back down on the slick rock. They got a call just before sundown, SAR reported, but as they made their way to the area they said bystanders had already talked the hiker down from the area where he was stuck.

Rescue officials ask hikers not to climb the falls at Donut Falls, calling it extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

Yellow Fork Canyon Rescue

Not long after wrapping up the rescue in Big Cottonwood Canyon, SAR were called to help a lost hiker across the valley in Herriman’s Yellow Fork Canyon. The hiker called 911, and said that it had gotten dark before she could find her way back to the trailhead. 

She said she became turned around by the many trails in the area, and called 911 when she realized she was lost. An ATV team found her, and all were off the mountain by 10 p.m.

 Officials remind anybody hiking in Utah that, though the days are warming up it is still cold at night in the mountains. They ask you to be sure you’re carrying the 10 essentials including extra clothing.

Importantly, they ask you to assure your phone has a full battery before heading out on a hike.


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A busy night for Salt Lake County Search and Rescue with back to back rescues