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.