Excessive Heat Warning for Phoenix Hikers

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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Phoenix, Arizona.

Closed Phoenix Hiking Trails

The city is discouraging hikers from the following trails:

Camelback Mountain

Piestewa Peak

*This goes into effect from 11am – 5pm, Wednesday June 8 – Sunday, June 12*

Why Are These Trails Closed?

In the past years, these popular hiking destinations have proved dangerous for hikers, resulting in numerous mountain rescues. Not to mention, a number of deaths as well.

Last year, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation created a pilot program where they closed down these trails during excessive heat warnings.

This proved to limit the amount of mountain rescues needed.

Now, this is the first year of the program going into full effect.

Silhouette of a mountain that is in the shape of a camel laying down with hump in the middle. Known as Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Phoenix Arizona
Camelback Mountain

No Pets Allowed on Trails Days 100 & Over

Another new rule the City of Phoenix has implanted, is that under no circumstance NO PETS are allowed when the temperature is 100 & over.

So, keep your best hiking buddy at home when it’s too hot. They’re be thankful you’re keeping them safe.

woman wearing pink tank top sitting on rock beside dog

Staying Hydrated

Did you know that your sweat actually gets quickly evaporated in Phoenix summers?

Any exercise during the hot summer months of Phoenix, requires hikers to increase their electrolytes and water intake.

Signs of Dehydration

According to Phoenix Rangers, if you feel thirsty…then you’re already showing signs of dehydration. The best practice is to take small sips of water every so often. Even, if you don’t feel thirsty.

Check out more about Signs of Dehydration

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Phoenix Hiking Trail Essentials:

Over 200 hikers a year have accidents along the Phoenix hiking trails. The desert is a beautiful wide open space but with that also comes a bit of danger that all hikers need to be aware of and be prepared for.

To give you the best hiking experience be sure to bring these following essentials with you on your Phoenix hike

  • Water
  • Sunscreen/Sun Protected Clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Salty Snacks (electrolytes)
  • Durable shoes

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