6 Tips for Hiking Safely

By Eh Ler Tha, Communications Coordinator and Outdoor Outreach Field Instructor

While the outdoors are one of the safest spaces to explore during the COVID-19 pandemic, we always want to make sure we’re doing so safely. We put together a list of 6 tips with the help of our experienced staff, for hiking safely in San Diego or wherever you love to explore!




  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare: Check the weather forecast and trail conditions before heading out. Look up trail maps to get a better understanding of the location or use an app that has trail maps like the AllTrails App. Bring a fully charged phone in case you need to make phone calls or use it as a flashlight. However, don’t expect to have cell phone service. Always remember to bring snacks and at least one liter of water per person. Bringing a First Aid Kit is recommended. Be sure to pack a warm layer of clothing in your daypack. Most importantly, don’t forget your face mask!

  2. Dress Appropriately: Wear shoes that are comfortable and have good traction like hiking boots with a sturdy sole. No sneakers or sandals!

  3. Inform Others: Before heading out, inform a friend or family members about where you’re going. It’s important to have people know your whereabouts in case of an emergency. Lastly, be sure to follow Leave No Trace guidelines!

  4. Sun Protection: Apply sunscreen before getting on trail. Wear a hat to stay protected from the sun. Wearing sunglasses will help protect your eyes AND make you look cool out on the trail!

  5. Stay on trails: It’s important to stay on designated trails to prevent getting lost and maintain protected habitat. 

  6. Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Expect to see other people and pets on the trail. If you are hiking with a group, make sure to stay single-file when others are on the trail.

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