Late hiker found dead after 13-hour search in Big Cottonwood Canyon



BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (ABC4) – A late hiker was found dead in Big Cottonwood Canyon early Monday morning, after a 1-hour search.

The hiker was one of a couple who had hiked to White Lake in hopes of reaching Sundial Peak.

After reaching the lake, one of the hikers was not feeling well and decided to turn around, while the other hiker continued the expedition, according to Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.

After not hearing from the partner who continued the hike, the other partner came out to get a cell phone and call for help.

Helicopters from the Search and Rescue Team, Life Flight and the Department of Public Safety were called in to assist in the search.

Finding the area above the lake in the dark proved difficult. The crews therefore sent most of their members home for the night and resumed the search at dawn.

The first ground crew continued overnight, reaching the base of Sundial Peak and discovered the hiker at the base of a 200-foot cliff.

The Department of Public Safety helicopter arrived in the morning to help bring the hiker and crews back to the trailhead.

The SAR team sent their condolences to the hiker ‘s companion and family in a Facebook post.


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