Spike in search and rescue calls for hikers going to see spawning salmon in Weber County
(KUTV) — A fall salmon ritual has turned into a popular activity for many in Weber County at Causey Reservoir.
But many are getting hurt because of it and calling out search and rescue crews.
Officials said they have helped rescue three injured hikers off of the Skull Creek Trail in past two weeks.
Weber County Search and Rescue officials said they think the spot's growing popularity has to do with social media.
“Actually had some friends that posted on Instagram and I saw it,” said Monica Alter. The Alter family went out for a day together Thursday. Like many others, mom saw a post on social media about the spawning salmon in Weber County, so they headed of to Skull Crack Trail near Causey Reservoir.
“The kids were super excited about it, so we thought we would come up and give it a try,” Alter said.
But this family from Layton, not familiar with Causey, came prepared for their hike.
“Snacks and water. We got our hiking shoes on. I don’t know exactly what the trail is like, so I just want to be prepared and have good grip,” said Alter's husband, Trevor.
Sergeant Mark Horton with Weber County Search and Rescue said in the past weeks, not everyone has taken the same precautions.
He said search and rescue teams have had to rescue three hikers with leg injuries from broken legs to sprained ankles.
Horton said the salmon spawn every year, but this year it’s become extremely popular for people to come and see them. He said he thinks it’s because of social media, so he wants people to be educated.
“When you go up there it’s a simple two-and-a-half mile hike, it’s not difficult, but be prepared,” Horton said.
He said tell someone your plan back at home, go early, bring lots of water, a small first aid kit, a jacket and wear good hiking shoes.
“It’s a little discouraging when you’re hiking down the trail and people wearing flip flops," he said.
Horton said there’s only a few more days left of the salmon run. So, if you do plan on going, make sure you save Weber County Search and Rescue crews a trip, and be prepared.