Anyone who plans to hike into the canyon should take extra precautions to hike smart. Hikers should plan to hike before 10 am and after 4 pm, resting near shade and water to avoid the worst heat of the day. The National Park Service advises that anyone hiking in heat replace fluids and electrolytes frequently, do not wait until thirsty to start replacing fluids, drink small amounts often and alternate between water and a sports drink with electrolytes. It is also important to balance food intake with fluid consumption. Additional information about hiking smart in the heat is available at https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hike-smart.htm. Hiking in extreme heat can lead to serious health risks including;heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hyponatremia, and hyperthermia.
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