Tips for hiking in autumn weather (2014)

Fall hikesWhether you’re on a mushroom search or exploring a new area or trail, the hike can turn serious if you’re not prepared. Every fall, a few adventurers get lost.

Follow these precautions to stay safe:

  • Use a map to plan your trip and familiarize yourself with the area in advance.
  • Inform someone of where you’re going and when you plan to return.
  • Hike with a companion.
  • Carry and drink plenty of water.
  • Wind and rain storms are common in the fall and winter. Dress in layers, avoid cotton and carry quality rain gear.
  • Don’t go hiking if a storm is in the forecast, and turn back in bad weather.
  • Carry a map and compass, and know how to use them.
  • Also carry with you these essential items: flashlight, matches, first aid kit, whistle, plastic garbage bag and pocket knife.

If you’re looking for mushrooms, consider joining a guided  hike. Fort Stevens State Park is hosting two this month: Nov. 10 and 30 at 1 p.m., led by Park Ranger Dane Osis. Information: 503-861-3170 or email

Need some hiking inspiration? Take a look at the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Association web pages celebrating the upcoming “Wild” movie release. PCT thru-hikers share some of their wild stories, including Columbia River Gorge Park Ranger Dorothy “Bacon Bit” Brown-Kwaiser, who hiked the trail in 2012.

Posted on November 6, 2014, in safety. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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