Hiking is one of the most popular year round activities in Phoenix. Like any outdoor activity, it's much easier to have fun when you are well prepared. If you plan on doing any hiking this summer, please keep these tips in mind:
» Check the forecast before you go. If there's a storm warning or heat advisory, it is best to wait until conditions improve.
» Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you expect to be back. Hike with a friend if possible.
» Bring LOTS of water. A half gallon or full gallon jug is recommended.
» Wear sunscreen. It's the best defense against skin cancer, sunburns, and other dermal discomforts.
» Wear comfortable shoes. Choose something with good ankle support such as hiking boots or tennis shoes. Save the flip flops for the beach.
» Stay on marked trails. Some trails are closed off because they pose a hazard to hikers.
» Don't push yourself too hard. It's not a race, stop and enjoy the view while you catch your breath.
» Be courteous of other hikers. Move aside if someone is coming up behind you quickly. Clean up after your dog. DO NOT litter! Pack it in, pack it out.
» Watch out for wildlife! The desert is full of snakes, spiders, lizards, and insects that love to hide out in the shade. Always look before you leap!
» Don't forget to have fun!
Hiking is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of our desert surroundings. Bring your camera and a friend and have a good time. There are beautiful hiking spots all over Arizona, including the greater Phoenix area. With these simple tips, it's easy to make every hike a memorable one.