Phoenix restricting access to hiking trails during extremely hot days


The city said Thursday it will close Camelback Mountain trails on days the National Weather Service issues a heat warning.

PHOENIX – The City of Phoenix has decided to officially adopt a new policy that restricts access to local hiking trails during days of extreme heat.

After testing the policy last summer, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board voted Thursday to officially close trails from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days the National Weather Service issues an excessive heat warning.

The policy will apply to Echo Canyon and Cholla trails on Camelback Mountain, as well as all trails associated with Piestewa Peak in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

If a heat advisory is issued, the city will close the parking lot barriers and put up signage in front of the trail. Park rangers will also be posted on the trails to remind hikers of the restrictions.

Whether or not a heat advisory is issued, the city recommends hikers to walk along the Phoenix trails in the early morning or evening.

Phoenix’s new policy comes after an out-of-state hiker died on July 30 while walking along the Echo Canyon Trail.

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