We’re all rejoicing on the re-opening up of outdoor recreation following Coronovirus restrictions. Trails and have started to open up again across Washington (for a list of open parks please visit here). However, in order to keep yourself and others healthy, there are some tips for hygienic hiking that are wise to follow. Before hitting the trails make sure you’re prepared to do that wisely and safely.
Tip #1 – Bring a face covering
When passing others closely or when in crowded areas, you will want some sort of mask or face covering to use. If you’re within 6 feet, cover-up. You can choose to use a cloth mask with elastic straps or ties, a bandana or a buff. For a bandana, fold a clean bandanna into a triangle, creating two layers of fabric, [...]
The precautions and restrictions recommended in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 seem to rapidly change each day. There are a few things that are clear:
It’s important to keep up with current government and CDC recommendations.
Social distancing is incredibly important at this time.
Time outdoors is still strongly recommended for personal health.
At the current moment, many state parks remain open for day visits. However, there are some changes to services. For example, many visitor centers and campgrounds may be closed to aid in social distancing. Before going anywhere to hike, it’s important to check the most up to date information about closures and restrictions. Washington State Parks is frequently updating their COVID-19 response.
Why Hiking is Recommended
There are many benefits to being outdoors in light of the current pandemic. [...]
We’re blessed to live in a region of the country with countless glorious hikes. Before hitting your next trail, though, make sure you’re following the common rules of hiking etiquette.
Clean it up & Pack it out
It’s important to clean up all litter and debris while you’re hiking. This clean-up duty includes dog poop. Nobody wants to step in dog poo while they’re enjoying the great outdoors. However, even worse than leaving a pile is bagging the poo and then leaving the bag behind. Any kind of plastic bag poses a threat.
Heed all signs & postings
While a sign of a trail closure or detour may be a frustrating addition to your day in nature, those signs are there for a reason. Someone may have harmed themselves or the property. Rangers may be trying [...]