Published on August 21, 2023
Essential tips for planning your summer day hike
Oregon State Parks Sandbox
Whether you hike along the scenic Oregon coastline, to the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, or in the mountains of eastern Oregon, these essential tips are key to a safe hike. Happy hiking!
- Water, water, water – Hiking equals sweating, most likely. Your body needs to replenish the fluids you lose through perspiration. Whether summer or winter, bring plenty of water. You need more than you think! We recommend drinking 16 ounces per hour.
- Start early – Plan your trek during the coolest part of the day and time your return before the heat hits.
- Skip heavy or dark colored clothing – Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothes in light colors.
- Know where you’re going – Oregon State Parks-managed trails cover more than 1,000 miles so it’s not uncommon that we receive reports of lost hikers. Check your route at the park before you head out.
- Phone a Friend – Tell someone (or leave a note) where you’re headed and when you expect to be back. Even on the safest of trails, there’s a chance you could get hurt or lost. In these rare occasions, authorities will know where to search for you.
- Hiking with a pet? - Remember they need water, too! Leashed dogs are welcome on most of our trails, and chances are you’ve seen dog poo piles or worse yet, stepped in one. Please pick up after your furry friend and toss it in the closest trash can. See 'Pawsitive' info for you and your pet's visit for more pet tips.
Visit the American Hiking Society website for more warm weather hiking tips.