Arizona weather is a huge draw to locals and visitors to hike the many beautiful trails the valley has to offer. Authorities are concerned about inexperienced hikers who are unfamiliar with the territory and over estimate their hiking ability and lack of preparation. Don’t let the comfortable temperature of mid 70ies fool you. Firefighters sill get a lot of calls for heat related complications this time of the year. You should not hike when you are not adequately rested, hydrated properly and have the appropriate clothing.
Here are some helpful tips to stay safe while hiking:
- Avoid hiking alone in secluded areas where there is no cellular reception. It’s always best to have a hiking buddy. If you decided to go on your own, be sure to tell someone when and where you are going.
- Start hydrating long before you go on the hike and ALWAYS bring water.
- Make sure your phone is charged
- Wear appropriate clothing, preferably with UV protections and durable hiking shoes.
- Sun protection is imperative! Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Be familiar with the trails and take a photo of the trail map before you head out.
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