Hikers hit the trails despite Monday heat advisory

SAN DIEGO -- A heat advisory was in full effect Monday, but it didn't stop hikers from hitting the trails.

“Started off thinking we were going to go to the top, but slowly realized mostly from her that is wasn’t going to happen,” said Jason Bullard, who went hiking Monday afternoon with his daughter.

Four bottles of water later, including two on Jason Bullard’s daughter’s head, they decided to put an end to their afternoon hike up Cowles Mountain.

“ I just had a headache and was tired,” said  his daughter Zarai Rosenzweig-Bullard. Fortunately, for the Bullard’s they could turn around.

Cal Fire says almost every other day they are rescuing hikers off mountains who were unprepared.

“The common denominator is people aren’t taking enough water, they aren’t aware of their physical condition is, their not able to conduct the hike and so we’re having to go in and make rescues and get these folks out of there,” said Captain Kendal Bortisser with Cal Fire.

Cal Fire says a number of those rescues have been in areas like Cedar Creek Falls, Three Sisters Falls and Boulder Creek. To beat the heat Cal Fire offers the following tips:

  • Know your physical abilities
  • Take plenty of water
  • Leave Dogs at home on hot days
  • Wear light clothing and plenty of sunscreen

Another big concern for Cal Fire, our four legged friends.

“Our pets can’t tell us when they are hot and they can’t tell us when they are thirsty,” said Captain Bortisser.

As for Jason and his daughter, they headed to a cooler spot.

“It was an easy call we’re headed back to the beach, get in the water,” said Bullard.

Rangers at Cowles Mountain said Sunday they had two dogs nearly die up the trail due to heat stress and stroke and they are begging owners to keep their dogs out of the elements.

The wilting warmth pushed afternoon temperatures into the 80s and 90s along the coast, the 90s to 105 in inland areas, the low to mid-90s in the East County highlands and up to 113 in the local deserts, according to the National Weather Service.

The swelter led to a heat record in Alpine, where the high of 102 degrees surpassed the prior Aug. 15 milestone of 101, set last year. El Cajon's maximum mark of 103 matched its previous record for the date, also logged in 2015.

The extra-hot spell, which kicked in over the weekend, is expected to continue through Wednesday, according to meteorologists.