“Both Oswit Canyon and Palm Hills/Goat Trails are in south Palm Springs—and both offer some of the most precious and pristine hiking in the Coachella Valley.

Are you ready for hiking in the extreme desert heat? Make sure you have what it takes to survive and enjoy the trails during this time of the year—because the heat is on!

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, summer temperatures will be hotter than normal, with the hottest periods from mid-June to late August … which is not a surprise.

First and foremost, don’t hit the trails without the 10 essentials for desert hiking. The Friends of the Desert Mountains website offers a comprehensive list of those 10 essentials (www.desertmountains.org/10-essentials), and pay particularly close attention to the No. 1 item on the list—water! Remember to take more water than you think you should need. I suggest carrying at least one liter of water per hour during heat above 90 degrees, and drink about one liter of water before you get started. During the hike, take frequent sips of water rather than drinking a lot of water at once…”

[Read the full article at cvindependent.com]