Trail Safety

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.

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