This is a group for those who enjoy being active and exploring the outdoor wonders. We hike local and more distant trails to learn about nature, local history, our companions, and ourselves. All hiking experience backgrounds are welcome, with attention to some foundational safety and social rules.
Safety rules on a day hike
These rules assume a hike in established recreation spaces with available maps, infrastructure, and maintained trails. Back country off-trail, higher altitude, and backpacking multi-day hikes have their own checklists of essentials.
- Everyone is responsible for their own safety. Evaluate the length and difficulty level of the hike against your own performance, your overall health, fitness and endurance level.
- Wear boots or shoes with solid traction. Dedicated hiking footwear is strongly recommended.
- Dress in layers. Quick-drying synthetic and/or merino wool clothing is strongly preferable to cotton. Depending on season, consider packing a beanie hat and gloves. Layers and keeping head/ hands warm are essential on open windy or deep-canyon creek-chilled sections.
- Be ready with sun protection: sun glasses, wide-brimmed hat, sun screen.
- Plan your hydration - carry water supply or a simple filtration system.
- Carry some trail appropriate food - energy bars, trail mix, pre-packaged snacks. Plan ahead to pack out any remaining trash.
- Illumination and energy supply: carry a headlamp or a flashlight, even when planning for a day-light hike only. A battery pack and cords for the phone can be critical.
- Pack a simple first aid kit or some band aid and adhesive tape.
- Carry the map; track your way with an app or device. When the link with the hike description is available, familiarize yourself with the route and any check points given in the description.
- The day before the hike, do your homework. Check the weather, prepare appropriate clothing, pack, download the track or print out the map, have the contacts for your car pool or other group companions ready.
Social expectations in group hiking
- Make sure you understand all details about the hike - difficulty level, expected duration, meeting place and time, any special requirements like trail restrictions, park fees or permits. Even if you back out in the very last minute, please inform the leader or a group companion.
- Communicate any concerns or plan changes; preferably in advance.
- On the trail, stay with the group! Be sure to always see the next person behind you or ahead of you. If you have an overriding reason to turn back while on the trail, let the leader know.
- Sharing nature with like-minded people is a deeply rewarding experience. Be mindful of other people's needs and preferences, respect differences in communication styles and conversation interests, offer help unobtrusively, and do communicate any need for support.