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11 hikers, 'Bad Girls Gone God' stars rescued on Echo Canyon

The Phoenix Fire Department says three hikers had to be taken to the hospital for heat-related illnesses and others needed help off the trail.

PHOENIX — A group of women hiking Echo Canyon's trails Thursday morning to tape a reality series required assistance from the Phoenix Fire Department and some of them ended up going to the hospital. 

Phoenix fire says eight people needed assistance getting off the trail, three of whom were transported to the hospital for heat-related illnesses. 

The hiking group included up to 11 people from out of state. They started walking the trail at about 7 a.m. with not much water or other supplies.   

Some of the hikers told 12 News they had flown to Phoenix to do some activities for a reality series called "Bad Girls Gone God." 

They described the show as a faith-based series highlighting health and wellness by having participants complete physical activities. The hikers said they believe a divine spirit was on their side during Thursday's rescue. 

"I'm just grateful, God is so good. God was definitely with us," one of the hikers said.

Kristin Livingston, another hiker, said the hike was intended to be a "spiritual" challenge but the group was not aware of how strenuous Echo Canyon's trails can be for hikers. 

"We definitely didn't realize just how intense it was," Livingston said.

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