Trail Safety

Take care of yourself!

  • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, hats, insect repellent and appropriate clothing and hiking shoes. Bring a first aid kit.
  • Heatstroke and hypothermia can kill. Wear layers of clothing so you can adjust to temperature changes. 
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body loses fluid quickly when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity. Eat a salty snack with each drink to maintain energy and avoid illness.

Weather changes quickly. Check forecasts and prepare for unexpected changes in the weather.

Tell others where you’ll be. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.

You may not be able to connect. It’s a good idea to take along a cell phone and GPS unit, but don’t count on them. In this environment, both may lose reception. Both depend on limited battery power.

Check for trail closures. Certain trails may be closed during prescribed burns or for other resource management work. Check with park headquarters for current trail conditions and trail closures.

Trails can be rough. Unpaved trails may have wet sections, loose rocks, thorny plants, tree roots and/or low-hanging limbs, and can be tough going for a stroller or wheelchair.  Park staff can advise about the suitability of trails for your group.

Be careful with pets. Carry water for your pets, as not all trails have water. Be aware of your pet’s limitations. Not all trails are suitable for pets, and pets are not allowed on some trails.

Wear a helmet. When mountain-biking, check with park headquarters to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.