Hiker Seriously Injured In Big Cottonwood Canyon Fall

First responders from the Unified Fire Authority rescue an injured hiker from the Stairs Gulch area in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Photo: Gephardt Daily

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah, April 30, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A 30-year-old female hiker suffered severe lacerations and possible broken bones after falling in the Stairs Gulch area in Big Cottonwood Canyon Saturday afternoon.

Unified District Police Lt. Ken Hansen told Gephardt Daily first responders received a cell phone call from the injured hiker shortly before 3 p.m. saying she needed help.

An advance team of EMTs and search and rescue personnel from Unified Fire managed to find the woman in a rugged terrain across from Storm Mountain.

After administering first aid they waited until more help could arrive before moving the injured hiker to a waiting ambulance.

First responders from the Unified Fire Authority rescue an injured hiker from the Stairs Gulch area in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Photo: Gephardt Daily
First responders from the Unified Fire Authority rescue an injured hiker from the Stairs Gulch area in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Photo: Gephardt Daily

Hansen said the woman was smart to carry a cell phone and to know her exact location — something all hikers should do when they’re in rough terrain.

“First, let people know where you are going to be,” Hansen said. “Try not to hike alone. Hike with other people. Wear the proper footwear. Take water with you and have a fully charged cellphone.”

 

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