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Hiking Safety

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Hiking is a popular outdoor activity during the spring in our District. Be sure to follow these safety tips to keep your hiking experience fun and safe. 

  • Hike with a buddy. Avoid hiking alone.
  • Don’t walk off-trail. Do not walk off-trail or enter closed areas. Cutting across switchbacks erodes the hillside and eventually destroys the trail. Plus, walking off-trail increases your chance of suffering an injury or getting lost.
  • Take plenty of drinking water.  Bring at least one liter of water per person
  • Shoes: Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes to help prevent injury.
  • Snakes: Always know where you are stepping. Be cautious when climbing rocks or picking up firewood. If you see a snake, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet. Most bites occur when people get too close or try to touch them. Check out our safety page on Rattlesnakes here
  • Avoid Hiking during heat advisories, red flag days, and Santa Ana events.
  • In case of and emergency call 911, tell the dispatcher the location on the trail (use trail markers), and remain calm.