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Stay Safe Hiking The New Skyline Regional Park Trails In Buckeye Az

The expansion of Skyline Regional Park means more recreational options, and it is vital that you know how to be prepared and safe.

Four new miles of trails have opened at Buckeye’s Skyline Regional Park.
Buckeye’s Conservation and Project Manager Robert Wisener said the three new trails means that hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians can now enjoy up to a dozen miles of trails at the park.

  • Quartz Mine Trail, 2.6 miles, for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, moderate rating, 445-foot elevation gain

  • Skyline Crest Trail, 1.3 miles, for hikers (two-way), mountain bikers (one-way), no horses, difficult rating, 530-foot elevation gain

  • Crest Summit Trail, 0.17 mile, hikers only, difficult rating, 200-foot elevation gain

The Quartz Mine Trail, Wisener said, offers gradual climbs, although there are steeper inclines in a portion of the trail.

“The trail takes in sights of the Buckeye Valley looking south and east toward Verrado, Along the route, there is evidence of prospecting.”

Skyline Crest Trail runs along the mountain ridgeline containing short segments of possible drops and exposure. Horses are not permitted on that trail. There are many switchbacks that quickly gain elevation.

Crest Summit Trail is short and rated difficult,“ the short .17 mile trail climbs 200 feet and dead ends at the top of the mountain directly east of the trailhead with amazing views.”

Plans for the trails include an accessible trail and eventual connections to Maricopa County’s White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

To learn more and to get a map of the system of trails, visit www.skylineregionalpark.com.

When you decide to tackle these trails you will want to be prepared. This “Go Bag” has  the potential to help you stay safe and ready for most hiking situations.salomon-s-lab-peak-20-1
The pack is a Salomon S-Lab Peak 20, here’s what’s inside:

  • Black Diamond Spot 15
  • CRKT (small)
  • Fenix light
  • Orange index card in small Ziplock bag with emergency contacts
  • Columbia hat
  • Patagonia GoreTex jacket
  • Manzella gloves
  • GU Energy Labs Stroopwafel Organic Sports Nutrition Waffle
  • Hammer Nutrition Perpetuem, Orange/Vanilla
  • Oloves Olives Basil and Garlic
  • Peter Rabbit Organics Mango, Banana and Orange Snacks, 4-Ounce
  • PROBAR Organic Nut Butter, Superfood Almond Butter
  • Caveman Nutrition Bar Dark Chocolate Cashew Almond, 1.4 Ounce
  • Chocolate chip cookie – large and home baked
  • Gatorade Thirst Quencher, Lemon-Lime, 20 Ounce
  • Safeway Energy Bar
  • Bobo’s Oat bar
  • Caveman Foods Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut, 1.4 Ounce
  • Clif Bar Energy Bar, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, 2.4-Ounce
  • Clif Shot Bloks – Strawberry (2.1 oz )
  • Clif Shot – Energy Gel – Double Espresso (1.2 oz x 2)
  • Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Blend, 1.15 Ounce
  • Map Green Trails (in a Ziplock)
  • Wet wipes – two packs
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 – 6.5 OzGo pack for hiking
  • 3 liter Hydrapak Seeker Collapsible Water Bottle
  • 0.6 liter Katadyn beFree Water Bottle and Filter
  • 0.5 liter Nalgene
  • Compass Suunto MC-2G
  • Batteries 3 AAA
  • Batteries 2AA
  • Socks – Drymax
  • Lighter
  • Candle – firestarter
  • Whistle
  • 2 folded paper towels
  • Tissue packet
  • Personal Meds
  • Space blanket
  • Wallet, cash and car keys
  • Second Skin (blisters)
  • Duoderm Thin Sterile Dressing 4″ X 4″ Hydrocolloid
  • Alcohol prep pads – 6
  • Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing 6 x 7 cm – two
  • Tegaderm Transparent Film Dressing 10 x 12 cm – one
  • Burn Jel packet
  • Ibuprofen 200mg – eight
  • Acetaminophen 325 mg – eight
  • Benadryl Allergy Liqui-Gels Dye-free 25 mg – four
  • Aspirin 81 mg – eight
  • Sugar packets – two
  • Electrolytes – Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix
  • Assesmnet Notecard
  • Pencil
  • Leukotape P Sports Tape – 1.5″ x 15 Yards roll
  • Elastic Bandage
  • Fluoride Scissors 5.5 in – Ronson Medical
  • 2 pairs of nitrile gloves

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A good day’s hike requires a few necessities and without them, a fun day can quickly take a turn for the miserable. Below are some essentials that hikers need to be familiar with.

  • Proper planning is important. Obtain trail maps, guidebooks, trail distance, estimated time required and any other information before you leave on a hike.
  • Keep trail maps and guidebooks in a ziplock bag.
  • Use a GPS
  • Check weather conditions and forecast.
  • Consider the ability level of everyone in your group, when choosing a hike.
  • It’s very important to tell someone of your plans and when you expect to return. In an emergency, this could help with the rescue. Check in with them when you get back.
  • Never hike alone. Always go with a friend.
  • Don’t pack too heavy.
  • Take plenty of water – You need more than you think. Staying hydrated will help maintain your energy level.
  • The temperature is always cooler in the mountains. Dress in layers.
  • Start early so that you have plenty of time to enjoy your hike and the destination. Finish your hike well before dark.
  • Hike only as fast as the slowest member of your group.
  • Stay on trails.
  • Never approach wild animals. They may look cute and harmless but they might eat your face off.
  • Look out for snakes, spiders and other critters. Watch where you are walking, be careful when picking up sticks or rocks.
  • Be careful where you are walking. Watch out for low branches and loose rocks.
  • Keep track of your progress on the map so that you know where you are at all times.
  • Pack high energy snacks like granola, energy or fruit bars, trail mixes, candy, beef jerky, or pita bread, etc.
  • Don’t drink soda or alcohol when hiking. They will dehydrate you.
  • Use a purification system for water from a natural resource.
  • For blisters or hot spots use moleskin or bandages immediately to stop further damage and to relieve pain. Keep your feet dry – change socks often.
  • Hiking sticks or poles may help make your trip a little easier.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.
  • Bring a whistle on hikes.  Three short whistles mean you are in trouble and need assistance.
    English: Hiking in the Soutpansberg Mountains

    English: Hiking in the Soutpansberg Mountains (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s also important that once you have planned your outing, tell someone.Give them all of the details of where you are going, the trail you plan to follow, when you will return, the vehicle you are driving (and where you plan to park) and how many people will go with you.
If you do become lost your most important tool is keeping a positive mental outlook.
Stop: As soon as you realize you may be lost: stop, stay calm, stay put. Panic is your greatest enemy.
Think: Go over in your mind how you got to where you are. What landmarks should you be able to see? Do not move at all until you have a specific reason to take a step.
Observe: Get your compass and determine the directions based on where you are standing. Do not walk aimlessly. If you are on a trail, stay on it. All trails are marked with signs (where intersections meet) and diamond blazers or maker. However, signs are sometimes vandalized or stolen. As a very last resort, follow a drainage or stream downhill. This is often difficult path but could lead to a trail or road. Again, this could be very dangerous.
PlanBased on your thinking and observations, come up with some possible plans, think them through then act on one of them. If you are not very, very confident in the route, then it’s always better to stay put. If it’s nightfall, you are injured, or you are near exhaustion, stay in place.

Self-rescue tips:

  • If after careful planning and consideration you decide that you try to rescue yourself, here are a few tips to remember:
  • Stop and rest when you start to feel tired. Don’t wait until you are exhausted.
  • Your body can’t hike hard and digest food at the same time. Rest in the shade for at least 30 minutes when you stop to eat. If you are still tired after 30 minutes, continue to rest.
  • Make sure to drink enough water to avoid dehydration. Symptoms include heading, feelings of irritation and frustration and more tiredness than warranted.
  • Stop and fix small problems while they are still small. If you ignore your body and keep pushing, the pain or illness will only get worse and make recovery more difficult.
  • Avoid hiking between 10 a.m. and four p.m. on hot days. If you are on a trail between those hours, find a shady spot and stay there until the temperature cools down.
  • Adjust your hiking pace to what you can comfortably maintain and rest when you feel the need.

A woman who suffered from heat exhaustion while hiking in Arizona was surprised when she received a bill from the agency that sent a crew to help her. “I think it’s disgusting,” her uncle, Roger Kyle of Avondale, said. He took his niece hiking in the White Tank Mountains in mid-August. The heat got to her, and they called 911. After a rest in the shade and some water, she felt well enough to walk down on her own, but a Rural/Metro crew was already hiking up. They gave her water and took her blood pressure before she walked down. Two weeks later, she received a $600 bill from Rural/Metro. “[Unlike a city agency,] there’s no tax which supports Rural/Metro’s operations,” Shawn Gilleland, a spokesman for Rural/Metro, explained. “We have membership subscription. Members pay for services.” “When they came out, they never mentioned a fee,” Kyle said. His niece, who lives in California, is not a Rural/Metro subscriber. Arizona lawmakers in different cities have resisted a “Stupid Hiker Law,” fearing forcing hikers to pay for rescues would discourage people in need of help from calling 911.

Roger Kyle of Avondale, AVONDALE, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) -