Phil Boas: Closing Phoenix Hiking Trails Due To Heat Doesn't Help Anyone

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, July 19, 2021 - 12:36pm

Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Trail
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Hikers on Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trail in April 2017.

The Show regularly checks in with the Editorial Board of the Arizona Republic to talk about current issues facing the state and the region — featured in columns on the newspaper’s op-ed pages.

On Friday, Republic columnist Abe Kwok responded to a new pilot program from the city of Phoenix’s Parks and Recreation Board to close select public hiking trails when the heat gets extreme.

Firefighters have been responding to a number of emergency calls to rescue hikers downed by the heat, and the firefighters' union argues it’s getting dangerous for the responders as well. Two firefighters ended up in the hospital after making multiple rescues in a day.

Kwok argues closing the trails doesn’t help anyone.

The Show spoke more about that argument and others with Phil Boas, the Republic's editorial page editor.

Phil Boas
Phil Boas
Phil Boas

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