Be prepared before hitting hiking trails as heat rises

The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other hiking trails in the area are hot spots for some outdoor fun.  However, as temperatures rise, the risk of injury while hiking also increases.

Scottsdale Fire has run on 27 mountain rescues the first 3 months of 2019. 

According to our data, the majority of calls on hiking trails are heat-related.  Second is extremity trauma.

The following tips are offered to ensure experience at the Preserve and other trails in Scottsdale is a healthy one:

  • Hike with a buddy.
  • Begin hydrating the day before your hike (Don’t drink an abundance of adult beverages the night before).
  • Have enough water for yourself and pet(s) you bring.
  • Bring a charged cell phone.
  • Wear sensible shoes: hiking boots or tennis/gym shoes.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Tell friends where and when you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Know your location and the closest trailhead.  Bring a map!
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day. Early mornings or late afternoons are best.
  • Cover up to protect for sun. Light colored, breathable clothing.
For information about hiking trails in Scottsdale, visit the Preserve pages.


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