Hiking in Extreme Heat Can Lead to Heat Stroke

With temperatures reaching triple digits, it’s important to revisit the dangers of hiking in extreme heat. Tuesday morning, rescue workers hoisted a hiker suffering from heat-related illness from a Palm Desert trail.

Firefighters responded to the hiker near the 45000 block of Tanque de Agua Road around 11 a.m. They hoisted the hiker, who was suffering from heat-related illness, into a helicopter. The patient was then transported to a hospital. The hiker’s current condition is unknown. According to the National Weather Service, it was 101 degrees in Palm Desert Tuesday morning.

Hiking and other strenuous activities can be especially dangerous in extreme heat. Some signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, fatigue, confusion, muscle cramps, headache and muscle cramps. If you are hiking or doing other outdoor activities and experience these symptoms, do not ignore them. Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to heat stroke, which can be very dangerous—even fatal in some circumstances.

If you begin to experience these symptoms, get out of the heat and into the shade immediately. Drink water or a sports drink and remove any tight, constricting clothing. If your condition does not improve quickly, call 911 for assistance.

“Unfortunately, we see these heat-related incidents several times every summer. Hiking in extreme heat is simply not a good idea,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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