Tips for Hiking in Hot Weather

By: twadmin | 3 Jul 2018
sign that states leave no trace

With most of the area seeing 100 degree temperatures this past weekend many stayed indoors to partake of the air conditioning, but there were some who were out hiking.    So it is important that we talk about hot weather hiking and staying safe in excessive heat.  Below you will find some quick points to consider for not only you but also your 4 legged friends if you are hiking with them.

Start early, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is usually when you will see the hottest temperatures of the day.  Remember to rest, especially if you are going on a longer hike.   Stay hydrated; bring plenty of water.  Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Don’t ignore a headache when hiking in hot weather, stop, drink and rest.

In addition check the weather before heading out; we all know that hot muggy summer days can end in a downpour with thunderstorms.

More details can be found at  https://americanhiking.org/resources/hot-weather-hiking/

Let’s take a moment to discuss hiking with dogs.   Dogs cannot sweat like humans and are at a higher risk of overheating. While you might not need water for a short hike, your dog will.  Please check out this great article by Lisa Densmore Ballard on hiking with your dogs.

Until next time remember;  leave no trace, respect wildlife, leash your dog, leave what you find, respect fellow park users, always be prepared, stay cool but most importantly enjoy all Tarrywile has to offer.