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Utah's mountain maze: the dangers of hiking Mount Olympus

Published July 18, 2012 11:38 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

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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