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Hittin’ the Trails 4 You: Monsoon hiking safety

The monsoon storms are on the way, so here are some reminders on how to hit the trails safely this summer.

First, avoid afternoon hikes altogether. Not only is it usually too hot, but monsoon storms usually fire up in the afternoon and evening hours. So if you’re planning a hike, early morning hikes are usually your best bet.

If you are out on a hike and see dark clouds, lightning, or hear thunder, then follow the phase “when thunder roars, go indoors”. Pack up and head home. Flooding can happen very quickly and with little notice.

However, if you are far into your hike and you can’t get back in time, do not cross any flowing water or flooded trails. Move to higher ground as quickly as possible.

More hiking tips by the Search and Rescue Council can be found here.

Stephanie Weaver

Stephanie Weaver is a weather anchor and reporter at News 4 Tucson.

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