How to Stay Safe While Hiking in Fall

Posted : September 25, 2014

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

Fall is a great time to take advantage of the cool weather and experience the outdoors to the fullest with cool air and vibrant fall colours making for perfect hiking conditions. Before you head out and explore one of our beautiful Central Counties trails, keep these tips in mind to make sure your trip is both fun and safe.
Weather Forecasts and Trail Conditions
It’s always important to know what you should expect from a hike ahead of time. Fall can be a fickle time of year for weather, as it can shift from sunny to rainy very quickly. Be prepared for changing weather conditions by dressing appropriately based on the day’s forecast. Ensure the trail will be safe for hiking by calling or emailing ahead to check on current conditions. If it’s hunting season in your area, you should also be aware of how to stay safe around hunters.
Bring the Essentials
Any time you’re heading out for an outdoor adventure, bring along essential tools in case of an emergency. These include a compass, matches, fire starter, sun protection, topographic map, pocketknife, first-aid kit, flashlight, and extra food and clothing. You never know exactly what to expect while hiking, so it’s always best to be prepared for any possible situation. As useful as a smartphone might be in the city, it’s unwise to rely on one when you’re out hiking.
Let Someone Know
Before you head out, let a friend or family member know your hike itinerary. Be sure to let them know where you’re going and when you expect to return. If you alter your itinerary at all, update them. When you return, you should also give them a call to let them know that you are safe.
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