Fresh calls for hiking caution after Phoenix area trails see three rescues in one day

Colorful Sunrise on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona
Three hikers were rescued in three separate incidents near Phoenix on Saturday (Image credit: Jeremy Janus)

The ferociously hot temperatures that make hiking in Arizona so dangerous for much of the year might be subsiding, but that doesn't mean local mountain rescue is getting much of a break. Saturday saw three separate incidents taking place on popular trails in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, prompting officials to issue new calls for caution.

Phoenix first responders found themselves reissuing warnings to hikers after the eventful day, which saw them assisting three injured hikers. Phoenix firefighters came to the aid of one hiker on South Mountain, while over on on Lookout Mountain, a rescue team had to stretcher-carry an injured hiker to the trailhead.

Meanwhile on Camelback Mountain, a woman was airlifted to hospital with a leg injury As we've previously reported, Camelback Mountain sees around 154 rescues each year due to a combination of tricky terrain, easy access, high traffic and other variable factors like heat and bees.

The Phoenix Fire Department urged hikers to wear appropriate footwear such as hiking boots or hiking shoes with good traction and, when possible, to avoid hiking alone. It's important to to do your research and ensure that you're remaining within your ability level when choosing a hiking trail

Finally, make sure you carry your phone and, if you're venturing into areas where you might not have a cell signal, use a satellite messenger. Some GPS watches such as the Apple Watch and Garmin watches have a fall detection feature that can alert emergency services or an emergency contact if it detects that you've fallen.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.