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Wasatch County Search and Rescue hoists stranded trail runner off mountain

Wasatch County Search and Rescue was called to a snowmobile accident at the upper end of Lake Creek above Timber Lakes Saturday. The 23-year-old man involved in the single snowmobile accident was flown to the hospital.
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Wasatch County Search and Rescue responds to a snowmobile accident in April 2023. A trail runner was hoisted off the mountain by helicopter March 18.

Search and Rescue crews helped a trail runner trapped in Wasatch County off the mountain this week.

The woman was running on the Coyote Trail above Utah Valley University’s Wasatch campus Monday evening, March 18, when things didn’t go according to plan.

Dry trails turned into mud, then snow.

According to Wasatch County Search and Rescue commander Kam Kohler, the woman thought she could cross through the snow and back to clear ground.

“And then it got up to her knees, and then it got up to her thighs, and so she was post-holing in two feet of snow, and that’s when she realized she was in trouble,” he said.

He said she had her cell phone and contacted rescue crews.

Search and Rescue used a helicopter to hoist her off the snowy ridge around 9:30 p.m.

Apart from some snow burns from trekking in shorts, the woman wasn’t injured.

Kohler said as the seasons change, people should keep in mind conditions can quickly change on the trails.

“Keep in mind that it feels like spring conditions out there right now, but they change in a hurry,” he said.

He advises people to plan for changing temperatures, plan how long they’ll stay out and always bring a cell phone.