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El Paso mountain trails can be dangerous in smoldering heat

Hikers on the Franklin Mountains (KFOX14/CBS4)

Across the Borderland, many are celebrating Memorial Day. Some chose to hit the trails in the Franklin Mountains.

There were people on the trails from El Paso, Austin, Puerto Rico and Michoacan, Mexico on Monday afternoon. As the days get hotter, hikers say that it is important to stay hydrated and dress in lightweight clothing.

Jacob Ochoa, who is a first-time hiker, said he forgot the most important thing before he and his friend hit the trials.

“Well, we made it all the way to the top and we had no water so we had to come back down because we didn’t have any water,” said Ochoa.

Hikers range from the inexperienced to the experts, such as Ryan Whitney, an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army.

“From my experience, doing a lot of hiking and trail walking in the past, always bring 24-hour supplies. Bring a medical kit --bare minimum, just, like, Band-Aids, Neosporin, if you know how to suture and also water, at least for 12 hours. If you plan on doing any less than that, bring accordingly,” said Whitney.

He also said not to forget a flashlight and a blanket just in case you do not find your way back down before dark.

Other hikers said to make sure and beat the heat by setting out on the trails early. Be aware that the hottest time of the day is between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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