How to Stay Safe During a Hike in Hood River

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Natural attractions are fun and good, but they can still cause accidents unless you take the right measures to counter them. You have to be prepared for anything, though it’s unlikely you’ll come across too many of them. Nonetheless, the tips below will come in handy when you go hiking on the many trails near Hood River, Oregon.

  • The Right Trails Are Key

You should always consider particular things regardless of which hiking trail you plan to go on. The total distance of the trail matters a lot because it helps you know and calculate the time it would take to cover the entire trail and back again.

Knowing the elevation gain and loss of the trail is just as important too. Use this simple logic to understand why: More elevation gain means more stress on your body.

Read up on the trail conditions and take note of any natural hazards that could hinder you in some adverse way. You can check trail reports and descriptions online for this. Oregonhikers.org is a great resource to find trail reports.

  • How Grey Are the Clouds?

This is a no-brainer, but knowing the weather condition is key to hiking. What will you do when midway during your hike, a fierce storm breaks out?

Hood River’s weather can be very dynamic. The weather can often change rapidly and without any warning whatsoever.

Check websites like tripcheck.org and wsdot.com/traffic for the most up-to-date road and weather conditions in Hood River and the surrounding region.

  • Inform Someone of Your Planned Hike

This is a failsafe should anything go wrong while you’re hiking. Don’t just wear your jacket, pull on your hiking boots and head to the mountains. Tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return. If anything is amiss, that person is the first to raise the alarm.

Send a text to a family member or call a friend and let the person know the trail number and area its located in. Tell the person if you’re going on the hike alone or with company. This makes it easier to narrow down your location if the need arises.

The idea is not to scare you out of going hiking, but to enlighten you on the simple things you should do to stay safe.

After your hike through the beauty of Hood River, put your backpack aside, unlace your hiking boots and take a stroll into Spa Remedease, Hood River’s very own rest and relaxation center.

The treatments we offer include full-body massage, body treatments and even makeup. And if you want, there are custom spa packages for the more selective of you. Come to Spa Remedease and we’ll treat you right, just like we’ve been doing for customers all year round.

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