44 Tourists Warned Not to Hike: They Went Anyway and Had to be Rescued…

44 Hikers visiting Phoenix from Kansas, decided to hike up Flat Iron in the middle of the afternoon on Thursday, when it was about 106 degrees.

Despite two warnings from rangers, asking the hikers not to attempt this trail…the out of town hikers decided to go anyway.

One hour into the hike….the rescue calls started.

ABC15, stated in their news report that 2 hikers had to be air lifted by helicopter due to heat related issues and one went to the hospital.

The good news, is that no one was seriously injured.

Flat Iron is one of the hardest hiking trails in Arizona. While it may sound “easy” at being a 3 mile (one way) hike, this takes you right up on top of the Superstition Mountains and is very steep. It is a fun trail, but not one to be done in the middle of summer day.

This is a good reminder for all of us to make sure we are always prepared before hiking. And to carry extra water, in case we run into other hikers who are in need.

Also, the last big take away from this is:

If a ranger is telling you not to attempt a hike…then you probably shouldn’t.

What do you guys think? Would you attempt Flat Iron in the summer?


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