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Some Phoenix hiking trails to be restricted in extreme heat

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Posted at 9:28 PM, Jul 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 00:28:42-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board has approved a pilot program to restrict select city hiking trails during periods of extreme heat.

The pilot program will run from July 16 to September 30. During that time, Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail and all trails associated with Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when an excessive heat watch is in effect.

Those locations were chosen for the pilot program based on the number of mountain rescues that occur there annually plus the difficulty rating of those trails and how that impacts the complexity of the rescues.