Fall can be a great time for hiking, but extra care must be taken. Check out these great tips from Oregon State Parks "Go Guide". And don't forget your walking stick!
by the Oregon State Parks Team
Whether you’re on a mushroom search or exploring a new area or trail, the hike can turn serious if you’re not prepared. Every fall, a few adventurers get lost.
Follow these precautions to stay safe:
- Use a map to plan your trip and familiarize yourself with the area in advance.
- Inform someone of where you’re going and when you plan to return.
- Hike with a companion.
- Carry and drink plenty of water.
- Wind and rain storms are common in the fall and winter. Dress in layers, avoid cotton and carry quality rain gear.
- Don’t go hiking if a storm is in the forecast, and turn back in bad weather.
- Carry a map and compass, and know how to use them.
- Also carry with you these essential items: flashlight, matches, first aid kit, whistle, plastic garbage bag and pocket knife.