HIKERS TAKE NOTE:
- After heavy rains, streams can change from trickles to torrents, making crossings difficult. If you decide to ford a stream, be extremely careful. Keeping your boots on will give you better footing and prevent your feet from going numb from the cold water. Unbuckle your pack's waistbelt before starting. Use common sense and, if in doubt, don't cross.
- Rain can also make leaves on the ground and rocks extremely slippery.
- Summer's heat can create problems for hikers, including heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration. Learn more about these hazards before heading out.
HikeSafe is a joint effort between the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish & Game Department to educate hikers on the inherent risks of hiking and how they can become better prepared before beginning any hike.
Wherever you hike, no matter what season or whether it's a short hike or a multi-day trek,be safe: Follow the Hiker's Responsibility Code.