Hiking can be an exciting adventure. Once you have decided to tackle the hiking trails there are some important things you should know.
You will want to choose a trail that is short and also a relatively easy terrain for your first hike. After you do a few shorter trails you can begin to work your way up to some more difficult and longer paths. But for the first couple of times you will want to take it easy and get some hiking experience without risking injury. Hiking is a serious sport and you will want to exercise much caution.
Each trail has a trailhead. This is where the trail begins. There is usually a large display containing maps of local trails. This can give you an idea of how long each trail is and its difficulty level. It will also display topographical features of the area such as hills or forested areas. On the side of the map should be a container which holds foldable maps. Grab one of these they are a handy tool after you master reading them!
There is also a box located at the trailhead. A form should be there too. You will want to fill in the information it asks of you. It will have a place for your name, the date and time you started on the trail. This is purely for security reasons as there have been many people who have had accidents on their trips or have simply disappeared when they set out on a hiking trail.
After you fill out the form and put it in the box it’s time to hit the trail and enjoy the nature and become one with it!