Fresh off the press in time for the weekend– the newly updated DC Ranch Path and Trail Guide is now available! You can pick up your copy at either Desert Camp Community Center or The Homestead Community Center or simply download it in the comfort of your own home and then hit the trail.
The most important tip for any summertime outing is to take plenty of water. Even when there is cloud cover, which is rare here in the Valley of the Sun, you will still be exposed to your fair share of rays!
How much water should you take? For a short hike, a bottle for yourself and one for your four-legged friends should be enough. However, the beauty of the trails can be very alluring and many a hiker may want to further explore their surroundings, causing them to not turn back soon enough to stay hydrated.
Remember, in direct sunlight, especially in the summer months during the hottest part of the day, you lose a lot of fluids and electrolytes. In these circumstances, drinking half or one quart of water or sports drink for every hour out in the heat should keep you in the safe zone.
If you don’t have a hiking buddy, there is no reason not to hike the DC Ranch designated trails, but you’ll want to make sure you tell a friend or family member of your plans and your ETA back home for extra safety.
Don’t forget to wear your shades and a hat, and get out there and enjoy all ten paved-paths and five trails. The paths weave through the DC Ranch communities and the distance can range anywhere between ½ a mile up to 3 ½ miles. There’s something for everyone!
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