These 3 Popular Phoenix Hiking Trails Will Close On Hot Days

This summer, three popular walking trails in the city of Phoenix will close during extremely hot days.

On days when the National Weather Service issues an excessive heat warning, the Echo and Cholla trails at Camelback Mountain and all trails associated with the Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve will close from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During excessive heat warnings, trail access is restricted, parking lot gates will be closed, and signage will be posted. Closure information will be posted on the Phoenix Department of Parks and Recreation website and social media accounts, as well as at local resorts and hotels. Additionally, the Phoenix Park Rangers will be visible at these locations to remind and inform trail users of the restrictions.


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To help with this recommendation, extended summer hours are in effect each year from June through September at North Mountain Park and at the Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve and at the Pima Canyon Trailhead in the park/preserve. of South Mountain. In order to offer two additional hours of availability and to promote hiking after 7 p.m., parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at these locations. Year-round at these three trailheads, parking lots open at 5 a.m. and trails are open until 11 p.m.

During the hot valley months, and whether or not an excessive heat watch is in effect, trail users are recommended to hike early in the morning or in the evening when it is cooler and warmer. there is more shade.

Looking for an open trail? There are over 215 miles of open trails in the city of Phoenix. Visit Phoenix.gov/trails to plan your next hike.

CONTEXT

Last summer, the Parks and Recreation Department ran a 2.5 month pilot program from July 13 to September 30, during which they closed those same trails to reduce heat-related injuries and fatalities and reduce the risk of injury to rescue personnel.

In October 2021, the Parks and Recreation Commission officially adopted the program limiting hiking on certain trails from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on heat warning days issued by the National Weather Service.

HIKE, DO IT WELL

Phoenix Parks and Recreation and Fire Departments have partnered since 2015 to share the “Take a Hike. Do it right.” hiking safety message and continue to lead responsible hiking education. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking guidelines.

To be dressed correctly: Wear appropriate footwear, clothing, hat and sunscreen.

Bring water: Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half your water.

To stay in contact: Bring a cell phone.

Team up: Hike with others. If you are hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times and your location.

Be honest: Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don’t force yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by becoming dehydrated on Arizona trails.)

Don’t Trailblaze: Enjoy the beautiful, undeveloped landscape of the Sonoran Desert, but stay on designated trails.

Take responsability: Don’t be “that person” – the one who was unprepared, shouldn’t have been there for health reasons, or ignored safety instructions. Be the responsible hiker, who hikes and does it well!

For pet safety, dogs are prohibited on all trails in the City of Phoenix when the temperature is 100 degrees or higher. The Arizona Humane Society says temperatures in the 90s are also dangerous for pets outdoors.

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