Before You Go:
- Get Information: Prepare your hiking route. Maps and directions are available through this website. If using a trail not shown on this site or map links, or want more information, contact us.
- Inform others: Tell someone of your hiking plans including the trail name, location, and your estimated time of return.
- Assess your capabilities: Be aware of your physical limitations, skills, and energy levels.
- Check the weather forecast for the day: If a storm is forecasted, consider hiking on another day – or select trails in dryer areas.
- Carry a small pack with water: with some basic first aid materials, energy snacks, cell phone, and plastic garbage bag (for either collecting rubbish or to use as a rain gear).
- Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes with good traction: This will make the hike fun for everyone, and improve your hiking skill and safety.
When You Are Out There:
- ALWAYS STAY ON SIGNED AND MANAGED TRAILS! Trails and access roads on this site are maintained and designated for public use. Hiking and leaving a maintained trail is dangerous (i.e., hiking on adjacent ridgelines, gulches, or cliff climbing etc.).
- Pay attention: to posted warning and management signs.
- If the direction of the trail looks confusing: go back and start over.
- Do not hike alone: consider hiking with a group of people.
- Keep track of time: by allowing sufficient time to return before dark.