- Water – bring enough, drink often
- Don’t drink from mountain streams – risk of giardia parasite.
- Shoes – sturdy cleated soles with good ankle support are recommended
- Bring clothes for change in weather– wear layers, absorbent underwear
- If you think you lost the trail, backtrack to where you are sure and try again
- Lock car and keep valuables out of sight at trailhead parking area.
- Turn back in bad weather
- Hike Responsibly
- Stay on trail
- Allow ample time
- Be realistic about your abilities
- Stay together – keep to pace of slowest hiker
- Let a responsible party know where you are hiking and when you anticipate returning
- Don’t litter
- Pick up any litter you see
- Don’t pick wildflowers
- Don’t disturb wildlife
- Be friendly
- Move deadfall off trail
- Keep pets under control
- Don’t cut corners on switchback – it causes erosion
- Take particular care of vegetation above tree line.
Hiking Tips - Trails are Marked! with Signs that Tell You the Following:
- Double blazes or right angle blazes mean a sudden turn
- Walking staffs can help the knees, especially going downhill.
Additional items to Bring:
- Insect repellent
- Extra socks
- First aid kit
- Trash bag
- Camera & film
- Compact rain gear