Utah's mountain maze: the dangers of hiking Mount Olympus
Published: July 18, 2012 11:38AM
Updated: July 17, 2012 07:08PM
UHP Trooper Aaron Beesley Courtesy photo

It's prominent and tantalizing.

Yet Mount Olympus, due east of Murray, is the trail where people often get lost. Salt Lake Tribune reporter Jessica Miller explained the problem well in her article this week.

Mount Olympus is where Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley died last month. After helping rescue two hikers, Beesley fell about 60 feet.

From Miller's article:

Hoyal said those two rescued hikers found themselves in the same situation that many others do every year.

"People get up there and don’t see [the trail] or get off [on] the wrong trail," he said. "A lot has to do with that there are multiple trails, and [hikers] are not familiar with the area."

Hikers often get lost coming down the mountain. What's most surprising may be that signage hasn't done much to help. Forest Service Recreation program manager Steve Scheid said signs have been added in recent years, but people keep getting lost.

— Nate Carlisle

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