Trail Smarts – New to Hiking

Trail Smarts – New to Hiking


Hiking is a fun way to get out in nature,
unplug or connect with the people you love, and it’s something that just about everyone
can enjoy. From city park trails to rugged backcountry
destinations and everything in between there are amazing opportunities to explore your
public lands. Planning your first hike might seem daunting,
but hopefully these tips will make your first few hikes safe and enjoyable. First, pick a trail to hike, taking into account
what kind of experience you want and how long you plan to be out. Research directions to the trail, any passes
or permits you might need and check the forecast and road conditions. Next, take a quick inventory of what you have
to wear and bring with you. What you bring may be determined by the type
of hike you want to take and how close it is to home, but sturdy footwear and an extra
layer are always good to have. We recommend taking food and water in your
pack, even for shorter hikes. Not only is it good to stay hydrated and fueled,
but having tasty snacks or a picnic can take your hike from good to great. Depending on the weather and the type of hike
you plan to do you may want to consider other items like raingear or a map, too. Once you’re on the trail, have fun and hike
your own hike! You’re responsible for your own safety,
so go at your own pace and feel free to turn around at any time–even if you haven’t
reached your planned destination. There will always be other hikes! Here are a few other things to think about
while on your hike: Take a look around and enjoy the view! Look for chipmunks and listen for birds. Staying on the trail is also a good way to
protect the delicate plants and preserve the area for wildlife. Keep in mind that most trails won’t have
a restroom available. If you plan on taking a longer hike, research
how to properly dispose of toilet paper and human waste before heading out. Whatever you pack in with you, pack out. Avoid leaving trash or bits of food–like
orange peels–behind. Most importantly, have fun! There are tons of things to see, hear and
smell on the trail. Even hikes close to home can reveal new sights
to take in. Hopefully this has been a helpful guide to getting
out on your first hike. See you on the trail!

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