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At least 4 hikers died during record heat in Arizona

Hikers still hit the trails in the extreme heat. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Hikers still hit the trails in the extreme heat. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

This weekend’s extreme heat proved deadly for at least four hikers in Arizona.

On Saturday, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a 25-year-old man ran out of water and died in the Superstition Mountains.

[READ MORE: Three dead, one missing, due to extreme heat in Pima County]

And on Sunday, three more deaths.

Two people were found dead in the mountains in Pima County.

[RELATED: UPDATE: 2 hiker deaths confirmed in record-hot temperatures]

In the Valley, a 28-year-old woman died after mountain biking in north Phoenix. She was a personal trainer, proving when it's this hot, the heat can hit anyone hard.

[READ MORE: Mountain biker who stopped breathing on a Phoenix trail has died]

At Piestawa Peak, temperatures topped off at 118 degrees Sunday afternoon, which was a record. But that didn’t stop people from hiking and even running the trail.

“I’ve got water. Get some nice sun, shouldn't be too many people out here. We'll go until I get tired and if I feel a little lethargic I'll turn around and come back down,” said hiker Brett Troeger.

"I was born and raised here, and I’ve hiked this for years," said hiker James Nafziger.

[RELATED: Boiling hot! We're under an Excessive Heat Warning]

There is some truth to being able to adjust your body to the heat.

“We do tend to acclimatize. My understanding is it takes a couple of weeks to acclimate to the high temperatures,” said Phoenix park ranger Chris Webb.

Personal trainer Patrick Thomas did not know any of the people who died while on the trails this weekend. He says how well you're hydrated has more to do with your ability to handle the heat than your age or physical fitness does.

"I think something like this could have been prevented, but unfortunately it happened, and I think the best thing we can do is learn from the situation, and anybody who's out there braving the heat, hitting Camelback Mountain, or getting on their mountain bike needs to be aware that they are not invincible, no matter what age you are," said Thomas.

[RELATED: Hikers, firefighters warn about hitting the trails in the extreme heat]

Thomas recommends people of all fitness levels avoid outside exercise in temps over 110.

“I think we kind of have this culture where we wear a badge of honor by doing extreme stuff like that, people will go on social media and brag about hiking Camelback in the extreme heat, when the fact of the matter is that's a really bad idea when it gets to this type of temperature," said Thomas. "Honestly, just go inside. Hit the treadmill."

[READ MORE: Heat Safety 101]

Thomas says if you're set on going for a hike on excessive heat days, leave early in the morning, or wait till the temperatures start to drop at night. Also, start drinking extra water several hours before you leave home.

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