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SAFETY FIRST
While Scottsdale's fresh air, sunshine and picturesque terrain are inviting, preparation
is imperative to help ensure that your outdoor experience is both fun and safe .
H Y D R AT E
Be sure you're well hydrated before hitting the trail and bring along more water than you think
you'll need for everyone in your hiking party, including pets. In general, bring at least one quart
per person for short hikes (less than two hours) and a minimum of one gallon per person for
longer hikes. When half your water is gone, it's time to turn back toward the trailhead.
C H E C K T H E W E AT H E R A N D S TA R T E A R LY
Daytime temperatures in the desert rise quickly, particularly during the summer. Know
the forecast for the time you'll be hiking and avoid hiking in temperatures above 90º
degrees Fahrenheit (32º C). If you get caught in one of our rare desert rainstorms, do not
take shelter in washes or low-lying areas as they will flood quickly.
T EL L A FRIEN D
Always let someone know where you're going and when you plan to return .
D R E S S A P P R O P R I AT E LY
Closed-toe hiking or athletic shoes are a must for desert exploration . Long-sleeved
shirts and long pants offer protection from the sun and heat, as well as prickly desert
plants. Other musts include a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.
K N O W YO U R L I M I T S
Choose an adventure that matches your abilities and experience . All trails in this guide
are ranked by difficulty. Inexperienced hikers will do best on trails rated " Easy. " Trails
rated " Difficult " or " Extremely Difficult, " such as Camelback Mountain's summit trails,
should only be tackled by experienced hikers who are in very good health .
PAC E YO U R S E L F
If you become fatigued while hiking or riding, stop, rest, drink plenty of water and turn
back toward the trailhead as soon as you feel able . Don't hesitate to ask a fellow hiker
for assistance - most are friendly and more than willing to help.
S TAY O N T H E T R A I L
Always bring a trail map to keep you on course and stay on the designated trail . Doing
so not only helps you avoid natural hazards such as prickly cacti, snakes and unstable
terrain, it also helps protect the desert's delicate ecosystem. If an emergency arises,
staying on the trail will allow first responders to find you as soon as possible.

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