Bring adequate water on the trail. Up to two quarts
per hour may be needed during the summer to prevent dehydration
and heat exhaustion. Signs of dehydration include headache,
irritability and loss of coordination. If you experience
any of these symptoms, you should seek shade, drink water,
and rest until the symptoms subside.
Tell a friend
Whenever you travel outdoors alone, you should
always tell someone where you are going and when you plan
Stay on the trail
By staying on the trail you can help minimize
damage to the natural resources that you came here to enjoy.
Staying on the trail can also reduce your exposure to poison
oak, rattlesnakes, and unstable terrain.
"Leaflets three-let it be"
Poison Oak can grow as a vine or a shrub. During the spring
and summer, the plant is a brilliant green and may have
white berries present. During the fall, the foliage turns
bright red in color. The plant produces oils that can cause
serious skin irritation. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long
pants to minimize your risk. Promptly wash with soap and
cold water if you are exposed.
Ticks are particularly active in spring. Check yourself
and your pet thoroughly during and after a hike. Wear long
pants and shirts tucked in to avoid contact. Remove ticks
immediately. Some ticks transmit diseases. If bitten by
a tick, contact a doctor.
Watch Your Step
Rattlesnakes are a natural part of the Southern
California environment. You do not need to fear these reptiles,
but you must respect them. If you see a rattlesnake, stay
away from it. Never harass or intentionally try to harm
a snake. You can minimize your risk of snakebites by staying
on the trail and always looking first before taking a step.