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Hiking Safety


Monica Palmer, RSRC Safety Administrator

Hiking Safety


Here are some quick tips to help you be safe while hiking:

  • Carry a light on every hike, even short, day hikes
  • Carry and drink plenty of water (a minimum of 1 quart every 2 hours)
  • Wear sturdy footwear with good traction
  • Minor/moderate health or medical issues can be easily exacerbated by hiking up the steep Valley trails—know your limits and pay attention to how you're feeling
  • Stay on the established trail
  • When hiking in a group, each member of the group should carry some water and food in case the party becomes separated, and the group should make a plan for where to meet up (at the vehicle, at the trailhead, etc.) if the members become separated.


Have a plan
Inform someone of where you're going and
when you plan to return

Keep a flashlight and whistle with you
Eat well, stay hydrated: carry plenty of water

Stay on the trail
Ask for HELP!
Familiarize yourself with the area, use a map
Expect changes in the weather

Courtesy of Yosemite National Park