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Day Hiking Tips

Post Date:03/29/2017 9:00 AM


While you are out enjoying the warmer weather, check out the following tips from our Parks & Rec Department for a safer day hike:

  • Check weather conditions before you leave. 
  • Weather is unpredictable, be prepared for rain and cold.
  • Wear hiking shoes. If you do not have hiking shoes, wear shoes that are sturdy & comfortable.
  • Recommended items to take: flashlight, whistle, matches, sunscreen, first-aid-kit, extra clothing, & mosquito repellent
  • Leave your itinerary with someone you trust and check in with them upon your return.
  • Always carry plenty of water. Three quarts per person is a good amount.
  • Carry more food than you think you will need.
  • Start slowly to avoid excess fatigue part way through your hike.
  • When you choose a hike, consider the ability levels of all members of your group.
  • Hike only as fast as the slowest member of your group.
  • Carry out whatever you pack in. Pack a plastic bag to assist with this.
  • Avoid playing around fast running streams.  They can be very dangerous.
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