Two men arrested for setting traps on Utah hiking trail

Two Utah County men were arrested in connection with setting traps at a popular Provo Canyon hiking spot early Saturday morning.

Law enforcement found the traps early last week before anyone tripped them or got hurt. They were set at a spot commonly called The Fort, which is frequently used by families and college students.

The traps were set along Big Springs trail, a popular spot for hiking in Provo Canyon.

“That could have been us, you know, we could have gotten hurt, for no reason,” said Nick Hammerstad, a hiker.

On April 16, a U.S. Forest Service Officer was doing routine patrols through the area when he came across the traps.

“In the daylight [hikers] might not have thought anything of it until they had been injured by the devices,” said Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

The devices were designed to trip when a person entered The Fort. One of the traps released a spiked ball and another who cause a person to fall onto sharpened sticks pointing up from the ground.

“That would kill people, easily, easily kill people,” said hiker Emily Hammerstad. “It’s just awful and sickening that people would do that kind of thing.”

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