PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The extreme heat is back and that means hikers who want to hit the trails at Phoenix's two major mountains during the day will have to wait. Because the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Sunday and Monday, the trails at Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
So when it's 105 degrees or higher, the city will block off access to some popular trails during the hottest parts of the day.
The temporary closures are part of a new policy from the City of Phoenix to close the popular trails when it gets too hot. The pilot program was approved in July. The move came two firefighters were hospitalized in June after multiple mountain rescues in the extreme heat. On July 30, a woman from out of town died in the heat while hiking Camelback Mountain.
Phoenix summer in mid-July is like being in a steam room. The humidity is way higher, and sweat doesn't evaporate from your skin as fast, causing your body to overheat much faster.
Rangers have said they'll try to educate people but they can give out citations. It would be a class one misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $2,500 and six months in jail. As for the other hiking spots in Phoenix, the city said it's not looking to close those, at least for this year. Learn more by clicking/tapping here.