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Woman rescued after becoming injured on North Mountain

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A beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon turned into a scary situation for one out of towner who needed to be rescued after hiking to the top of North Mountain.

The trailhead is near seventh street and Thunderbird with the peak at about 2 thousand feet in elevation.

One woman found out the hard way getting to the top of the mountain is definitely no walk in the park, she had to be carried down.

"But the first time it's a killer the incline is extremely difficult," said Sue Henderson.

"Most of it's not paved, it's very rocky, you gotta make sure you have enough water and food," she said.

Those who've hiked the Shaw Butte Trail before know how deceptive the journey can be on a warm, sunny day like today.

So it wasn't too surprising to some hikers that a first timer got into trouble on this trail.

"She's dehydrated; she hadn't hiked this mountain before, she's from out of state, so lack of water kind of caught up with her when she got to the top," said Mike Harrelson with Phoenix Fire.

Firefighters drove the 61 year old out of towner down the mountain and loaded her into an ambulance. She was taken to the hospital as a precaution but is expected to be all right.

"It's all about the water and preparation; from proper shoes and hat, and even in cooler weather the sun is extremely dangerous," said hiker Shawn Mahoney.

Firefighters say don't let the springtime sunshine fool you.

The sun can be unforgiving in 80 degree weather especially when hiking up a steep, rocky mountain that doesn't have any shade.

"So this is a good reminder summer is coming, definitely need to be hydrated and prepared, these mountains will hurt you if you're not," said Harrelson.

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