Hiking Season is Upon Us
Recent monsoon rains have dropped our summer temperatures a bit. As a result, more people are heading out to the hiking trails around the Valley. Here are a few tips to ensure that your hiking experience is enjoyable and safe.
- People should always use their best judgment when hiking on unfamiliar trails or in unfamiliar areas. Consult a map before starting out.
- Be cautious, not only about the heat, but also about the plants, insects and animals that live near the trails. This is their home, and they may try to protect it. Stay on the trail.
- Always hike with a partner or in a group, especially if you plan to hike long-distance trails. Let someone know where you will hike and what time you expect to be back.
- Trails can vary from easy to challenging, so know your limits and when to slow down; there is nothing wrong with stopping to rest. Pay attention to what your body is telling you.
- It is also very important to be hydrated. Always carry water with you (more than you think), because you can lose fluids quickly under the sun. This could lead to you becoming disoriented and lost. Even the most experienced hikers know that one wrong turn can lead to hours of finding your way back to the main trail, or could cost thousands of dollars for a firefighter rescue.
- Make sure your cell phone is charged and with you. This is the best item to have in case you get lost or there is an emergency.
- Wear the right clothing for the weather, including well-fitting shoes and/or hiking boots, and wear sunscreen and a hat to keep cool.
- A simple first-aid kit is useful if you are carrying a backpack, or even just to leave in your car to treat any scratches or blisters you might get.
- Finally, be sure to pack a camera. The views around the Valley and all across Arizona are phenomenal and breathtaking.
To find hiking trails or information on other outdoor activities, visit www.visitarizona.com. Information on hiking trails in various regions of the state can be found at www.arizonahighways.com/explore/hiking.
A few trails to try out around the valley
• Papago Park
Curry Rd & College Ave, Phoenix
• Hayden Butte – “A” Mountain
Rio Salado and Mill, Tempe
• Camelback Mountain - Echo Canyon
5701 N. Echo Canyon Pkwy, Phoenix
• Piestewa Peak
2800 E Squaw Peak Dr, Phoenix
• South Mountain Park
10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix