caution on forest and park access roads.
safeguard your possessions out of sight. Lock your vehicle.
extra water on hikes. A fine filter may be necessary, since even clean-looking
water can carry giardia. Water may not be available near camps; treat
and/or boil all water.
your limits and when to turn back.
over challenging terrain with inadequate skill or equipment is the primary
cause of accidents in the North Cascades. Staying on trails, wearing adequate
footwear and possessing a good topographic map can minimize the hazards
of this rugged land.
for insects. You may encounter mosquitoes, wasps, bees, biting flies and
ticks. After hiking, check yourself for ticks, which may carry Lyme Disease.
stream crossings are not bridged. Cross streams in the morning (when they
are lowest), scout for the safest crossings, or turn back if the rushing
water is unsafe.
suffer storm damage every winter; please use caution and notify the park
or forest if you encounter downed trees or washed out sections of trail.
horses are approaching, hikers should talk to make their presence known
and step off the trail on the low side.
let a pleasurable outing turn into an unexpected tragedy by not being
prepared. Entering into a mountain experience - even a day hike - should
not be taken lightly.
informed; contact park or forest for most up-to-date conditions.
maps & trail handbooks.
the "10 Essentials"
others at home know your plans.
the best decision for your safety, including turning back.
provided by the National
Parks Service North Cascades Challenger