Summer Hiking Tips: Be Prepared Before You Hit The Trails


It’s officially summertime and that means outdoor adventures are at your fingertips. If hiking is on your mind, keep these tips in mind before hitting the trail.

Stay on the trail:

This can’t be stressed enough. Even if the trail is rough and muddy, don’t diverge from the trail. By keeping on the trail you will minimize safety hazards and you and won’t do damage to the environment surrounding the trail, keeping it preserved for future hikers

Buddy up:

Taking two or three friends along with you will reduce the risk of getting lost or veering from the trails. It is recommended that each person carry a map and compass with the trail isn’t for novice hikers.

Hydrate and Re-energize:

The last thing you want to do is get halfway up a mountain and get sick or pass out. Bring plenty of water and hydrate often. The heat and exertion can sneak up on your sooner than you think. Drink often and bring snacks along to re-energize.

Dress appropriately:

Layering can be your best friend. Generally temperatures vary throughout the hike, so being able to add or remove as you go can be beneficial. If inclement weather is a possibility, bring a waterproof layer to keep you warm. Solid, lightweight hiking boots are generally the most appropriate footwear.

Educate yourself:

Research your trail before you head out. Have there been any recent changes to the trail? Does it suit your physical fitness level? Are you familiar with where you’re going? How’s the weather going to be?


Planning ahead and being prepared can minimize risks and help you focus on having an enjoyable, safe hike


About treadlightlyoutdoors

Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. The organization was launched in 1985 by the US Forest Service and became a nonprofit organization in 1990. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly!’s core focus is on supporting and encouraging stewardship from those engaged in outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waterways. The organization offers unique programs and services to help remedy growing recreation issues. The federal government officially recognizes the organization as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles.
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