Hittin' the Trails 4 You

Jul 11, 2014 9:06 AM by Jeff Beamish

Hittin' the Trails 4 You: Flood safety when hiking

TUCSON - While some campgrounds are shut down due to flood potential, hiking trails are closed after flooding has occurred.

So what's a hiker to do to avoid being caught in a flash flood?

First, always carry a NOAA weather radio when hitting the trails. This will alert you to any flooding threat. Weather radios can be found at most electronics stores.

Next, hike early. Monsoon storms favor late afternoon and early evening hours, when daytime heating and atmospheric energy peaks. Beat the storms by starting your treks in the morning and ending them in the early afternoon.

Finally, stay on high ground. When a storm hits, avoid retreating into a dry wash or ravine. These can fill up rapidly, even with storms several miles away. Keep in mind that 6" of flowing water can knock a person off their feet.

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