APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) Dozens of members of an out-of-state hiking group had to be rescued after they tried climbing a mountain trail near metro Phoenix in sweltering temperatures, authorities said Friday.
Forty-four people had to be helped off the trail near Apache Junction, including two by helicopter Thursday afternoon, the Superstition Fire & Medical District said in a brief statement. The hikers were overcome by the heat, which reached 106 degrees.
The district said its rescue personnel and Lost Dutchman State Park rangers helped most of the hikers walk back down to the park from the Siphon Draw Trail. Known for being very steep and extremely difficult, the trail leads into the adjacent Superstition Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest.
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