SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – After seven rescues along the Bells Canyon Trail area just in the month of May, officials in Sandy are urging caution this Memorial Day weekend as hikers hit the trail.
In the last five years, officials say 5 people have died on the trail. The Rocky Mouth waterfall has proven deadly, with hikers overestimating their ability to jump the stream and getting swept away, officials said.
Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, along with Salt Lake County Search and Rescue officials urged hikers to be cautious and prepared this Memorial Day weekend.
“The problem we are having,” said Dolan, “is that people are coming unprepared. They are not dressed for [the trail], they don’t have enough water and they take risks they don’t need to be taking.”
Many hikers were already enjoying the trail Friday morning ahead of Memorial Day.
Officials urge people to not hike alone, tell family members where they are going and when they are expected to be back, and don’t trust that cell phones will retain signal on the long trail. Also, hikers should stay on marked trails and not climb on waterfalls.