The 7 W's of Hiking Safety
Weather1 of 8
Weather conditions can change rapidly and bring with them unique challenges when hiking. Whether hot or cold, wet or dry, here are some tips to follow.
Watch Your Step2 of 8
Unstable terrain has claimed the lives of even experienced hikers. Be careful of your footing especially near cliff edges and in icy conditions.
Which Way?3 of 8
One of the most common dangers of hiking is becoming lost. Learning how to use a map and compass is one way to free yourself from the worries of losing your way in the wild.
Weariness4 of 8
Hiking can be strenuous exercise. Each person has unique fitness levels and health concerns, so consider your physical condition and stick to the hike that's right for you.
Wildlife5 of 8
When we step into the wild, we enter an enchanting world of intriguing plants and animals. Observe each with caution and respect, as some can be a threat to human health and safety.
Water6 of 8
Untreated water from open water sources such as lakes, ponds, streams and springs may not be safe to drink. Learn how you can stay hydrated on the trails.
Wildfires7 of 8
One of the greatest dangers to the forest itself is also an extreme danger for hikers. Find out what to do if a wildfire strikes near you.