Phoenix’s popular hiking trails will close during the day through midweek

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Warm temperatures mean some Phoenix hiking trails will be closed during the day, as the National Weather Service extended the excessive heat warning through midweek.

When the NWS issues these warnings, the City of Phoenix closes the Camelback Mountain Echo and Cholla Trails, as well as all trails at the Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. These trails have already closed more than a dozen times this summer. and the Phoenix Fire Department says the program has resulted in fewer mountain rescues.

The excessive heat warning is currently set to expire Wednesday at 8 p.m. Arizona’s Family First Alert weather team has also declared these days as First Alert days. At this point, trails should be open during the day starting Thursday when temperatures are expected to drop slightly with highs below 100 degrees. Check the latest forecasts.

These temperatures can still pose a risk to hikers, and Phoenix firefighters are asking for precautions like bringing plenty of water, wearing proper clothing including a hat, hiking with others and more. Learn more about the city’s trail closure schedule here.

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