Summertime is here, along with some pretty warm temperatures. If you aim to hike in one of San Diego’s inland areas, it’s important to know the risks so you can plan ahead.
Temperatures rise and fall with the sun, so try to hike early or late in the day. Start early to end earlier and have the afternoon free to relax in a cooler environment. Check out this list of Cool Zones across San Diego. Or head out in the late afternoon – it’s a great way to relieve stress after a busy day and you may even be treated to a sunset!
Here are some tips to help you prepare for hiking in warm weather.
If your body temperature gets too high during a hike, you may run the risk of suffering heat stroke. Heat stroke is usually caused by dehydration, which leads to the failure of the body’s natural temperature control system. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea, disorientation, lack of sweat and loss of consciousness. If you start to experience any of these signs, you are already suffering heat exhaustion; stop and find a shady area along the trail where you can rest, drink water and refuel with a healthy snack. If symptoms persist, call 911.
Safety is a priority at the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation, and we hope it’s one for you too. For more information, check out the links below on being safe in the heat:
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