Trailhead Direct offers access to countless trails ranging from easy to strenuous. We want you to be safe during your hiking adventure whether it’s a casual walk on Cougar Mountain or a steep hike up Mailbox Peak. Here are some tips and tricks for what to bring, trip planning, and hiking etiquette.

What to Bring

  • Water (2 full bottles). There’s no water at trailheads
  • Map and navigation
  • Closed-toed sturdy, comfortable shoes
  • Food (ready to eat, like fruit or granola bars)
  • Sun protection
  • Rain gear
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Clothing layers
  • Backpack

Before You Go

  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back
  • Plan to start early in the day
  • Familiarize yourself with the trail map
  • Check the weather before you go

On the Trail

  • Leave No Trace: pack out what you pack in
  • Keep dogs on leashes and do not leave dog poop bags on trail
  • Use headphones to listen to music
  • Be respectful of other hikers
  • Stay on the trail
  • Yield to those coming uphill

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