Before hitting the Arizona’s trails, consider these six tips for safety.
A 34-year-old Illinois man was found dead, possibly from heat-related complications, on a hiking trail in Saguaro National Park near Tucson on Saturday, park officials said.
Bradley Hughes, 34, of Geneva, Ill,, was found dead on the Gould Mine Trail in the Tucson Mountain district on the west side of Saguaro National Park.
Heat or dehydration could have been a factor in his death. A Saguaro National Park advisory said Hughes was found with an empty hydration bladder and no water.
Temperatures reached a high of 96 degrees in Tucson on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
The cause of death will be determined by the Pima County Medical Examiner.
“Get an early start and plan to be back before 10 a.m.,” Saguaro National Park Chief Ranger Ray O’Neil said in a statement. “Carry more water than you would think would be necessary and be sure to turn back before that water is half gone.
“Check the weather forecast. If predicted high temperatures are above 110 degrees, consider delaying your hike entirely until the weather cools down.”
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