What to Take on Your Hike
Clothing: something warm, extra socks and rain gear Compass
First aid kit
Food (bring extra)
Pepper spray for bears
Space blanket or a piece of plastic
(to use for warmth or shelter)
Whistle (to scare off animals or
to use as a signaling device)
Hike or bike with a group or companion. Dress in layers. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Wear comfortable hiking boots rather than running shoes or sandals.
Drink plenty of water. Let others know where you’ll be hiking and what time you estimate getting back, and check-in with them when you’re done.
Afternoon thunderstorms are a frequent summer occurrence along the mountains. In order to avoid lightning strikes, don’t be the tallest object around or stand under tall objects. Move to higher ground in the event of a flash flood. Rain gear can help prevent hypothermia, a drop in body temperature that can happen even in the summertime.
As people move into wildlife habitat, animal encounters occur more frequently. Be aware of your surroundings and where you’re stepping.