Man airlifted from Scottsdale trail due to heat exhaustion

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A man was airlifted from a Scottsdale trail Friday afternoon after experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion, according to the Scottsdale Fire Department.

The 47-year-old man told firefighters he began hiking the Gateway trail system in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve around 8 a.m. and lost his way, according to Scottsdale Battalion Chief Brian Read.

Technical rescue teams from Scottsdale and Phoenix responded, hiking more than a mile to the man's location with EMS equipment, water and a big wheel.

The hiker was evaluated by paramedics and extricated from the mountain by helicopter.

He was treated and transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak for further evaluation.

Read is reminding hikers to be prepared and plan their hikes carefully with the heat arriving as early as midmorning.