At least eight people needed help descending the Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain as temperatures hit triple digits, said Capt. Evan Gammage, a spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department.
The two main trails that cover most of the hiking space on Camelback Mountain are considered extremely difficult, offering steep elevation gains and uneven terrain as well as “unprotected path from the elements,” according to the site. City website. The summit of the mountain is 2,704 feet above sea level.
In addition, the sweltering heat on Thursday made an already difficult track even more difficult. The temperature in Phoenix hit 108 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, slightly above the average 106 degrees for this time of year, according to CNN Weather.
During the hike, the group – which was touring as part of a faith-based show called “Bad Girls Gone God” – also ran out of water, KTVK/KPHO reported. Tatiana Robinson started to feel dizzy as she descended, she told the outlet.
“We kept stopping and then we were out of water, so the more we stopped the harder it was,” Robinson said.
About 100 firefighters were dispatched to the trail after receiving calls for help, which were aided by the firefighters’ drone program to determine the location of hikers, Gammage said.