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Hiking tips for Phoenix: Four tips for hiking Arizona mountains

Posted at 8:57 AM, Apr 11, 2018

Heat on the Rise, hikers beware.

Tuesday marked the first 100 degree day in the Valley for 2018 and Wednesday's temperatures will also flirt with the triple digits. For those who work outside or want to take in Arizona's trails, precautions need to be taken.  

The Phoenix Fire Department reminds you to do the following when preparing for a hike in the summer months: 

Pre-hydrate and make sure you're healthy and physically ready for strenuous activity

-Communicate with other hikers, along with friends and family on trail and weather conditions 

-Check the weather forecast and be aware of changing conditions

-Always stay on the trail 

 

You should also plan to bring certain supplies with you, such as: 

-Water, a good rule is 1 liter (32 ounces) of water for every two hours

-Hike with a buddy

-Wear the proper boots and hiking gear

-Take a cell phone, in-case you need to call for help

-Sunscreen 

Remember, once temperatures reach 100 degrees or higher all trail difficulty levels increase by one level. The Phoenix Fire Department and City of Phoenix Park Rangers, advise not hiking during high heat or in the middle of the day during prime sunlight hours. If you're going to hike on hot days, do it in the early morning or early evening hours and know your limits.  

For additional info and resources on Phoenix trails, click here https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails