- Always tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to be back. Give location of trailhead and tentative plans, or at least names of trails you are planning on hiking.
- Always carry the ten essentials. https://www.nps.gov/articles/10essentials.htm
- If a dog is with you, make sure you have enough water for you and them. If it is going to be a long day, bring a lunch for them as well. Always bring your leash.
- If using a phone app, make sure your phone is fully charged. Always bring a map of some kind
- If you decide to stray from exact trail, be very aware of your surroundings and what turns you made and always be confident that you can get back to the starting point by retracing your steps.
- Watch the weather. Always bring a few extra clothes – hard shell, puffy, gloves etc.
- Wear sunscreen.
- I need to listen to this one myself, but I don’t think it’s ridiculous to carry mace. If you want a weight workout for your arms while you run then carry bear spray. This can be a deterrent for wildlife and weirdos.
Most of the time I run, I am only with my dog Xena. While it is always encouraged to run with a partner, sometimes it is not reasonable or desirable. Make sure you take the right steps to keep you and your dog safe when out on the trails by yourself. Safety Tips: