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Utah State Trooper Aaron Beesley died June 30 of a fall on Mount Olympus. He was part of a helicopter team that had just rescued stranded hikers. Beesley was 34. Courtesy image
Utah's mountain maze: the dangers of hiking Mount Olympus

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Yet Mount Olympus, due east of Murray, is the trail where people often get lost. Salt Lake Tribune href="https://twitter.com/jm_miller" target="_blank">reporter Jessica Miller explained the problem well in her article this week.

Mount Olympus is where Utah Highway Patrol Trooper href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54447653-78/beesley-aaron-service-trooper.html.csp" target="_blank">Aaron Beesley died last month. After helping rescue two hikers, Beesley fell about 60 feet.

From Miller'shref="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54469316-78/trail-hikers-mount-olympus.html.csp?page=1" target="_blank"> 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

Twitter: href="http://twitter.com/utahhikes" target="_blank">@UtahHikes



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