Stranded hiker rescued from Lisa Falls, officials warn of dangers of hiking

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (ABC4) – A hiker has been rescued after being stranded near Lisa Falls in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The Salt Lake County Search and Rescue Team (SLCOSAR) said the man had climbed the West Ridge near Lisa Falls and was descending, believing the path would lead back to the falls.

On the descent the hiker found himself in a sticky situation and did not feel confident enough to ascend the ridge which was made up of steep, wet rock.

The hiker called for help and the search and rescue teams were able to lower the man safely to the ground with a harness. The recovery mission lasted about three hours. All the teams and the hiker were able to safely exit the trail.

Hiking is a popular activity in Utah and most people can enjoy it. However, park officials have seen more cases of hikers stranded, lost or injured while hiking. These problems can be attributed to a lack of planning, poor guidance, or an overestimation of a person’s skills and physical capabilities.

“A lot of people will watch a trail online, think it’s great, then start at the trailhead and in a mile the trailhead disappears, it starts from five or six different directions and they end up getting lost, or not having enough supplies, ”said Sgt. Darrell Cashin of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

“A lot of our calls sort of fall into that line of people who either don’t understand what they’re getting into or don’t research well enough or talk to people who’ve actually been there,” says Cashin.

Search and rescue officials say it’s also important to stay with someone and keep enough clothing, food and water in case the hike takes longer than expected.