Phoenix Hiking Trails Closed Due to Excessive Heat: What You Need to Know

The Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak trails will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to excessive heat, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

The Phoenix National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch for the Phoenix metro from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday, although the watch could be extended if temperatures do not drop late Wednesday and early Thursday.

“Avoiding excessive heat protects you and our first responders in the event of a rescue,” the Phoenix Fire Department said in a statement. Tweeter Tuesday.

The city limits access to popular trails on days when the National Weather Service issues excessive heat warnings. When this happens, the parking lot gate will be closed during restricted hours and park rangers will be posted on the trails to notify hikers of the closure.

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This weekend, at least three people were rescued off local hiking trails due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. In Sara Park near Lake Havasu City, a man died and three people were rescued after suffering heat-related illness and dehydration

In Mohave County, the heat watch was forecast until 8 p.m. Sunday. In La Paz and Yuma counties, it was scheduled until 8 p.m. Thursday.

According to National Weather Service historical data, the last time Phoenix saw high temperatures at or above 110 degrees on Aug. 30 was in 2014, when the high hit 111 degrees.

The closure is part of a plan put in place by the city in October 2021 to reduce the number of heat-related rescues.

Phoenix Parks and Recreation recommends, when there is no excessive heat warning, that people hike early in the morning and in the evening when there is more shade. Hikers are also advised to drink plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.

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Contact breaking news reporter Haleigh Kochanski at [email protected] or on Twitter @HaleighKochans.

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