The weather is cooling and hikers are anxious to hit the mountain recreation areas. Unfortunately, it’s still too hot to be too confident on the trails.
“We are running on heat-illness calls regularly in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve,” says Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “Arizona heat is dangerous, and situations can escalate quickly from dehydration to deadly -- even as we settle into Fall.”
The following tips are offered to ensure hiking experiences are a healthy one:
- Hike with a buddy
- Begin hydrating the day before your hike
- Have enough water for yourself and pet(s) you bring; Head towards your trailhead when you are halfway through your water supply
- 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 paper map to help identify your whereabouts
It is not recommended to plan an active hike the day after a long night of celebrating. Know your fitness level and choose your hike accordingly. Significant hydration prior to the hike and proper clothing will help reduce the risk of heat stress.