A note from the editor: There is an upcoming Hiking 101 event that the Chelan Douglas Land Trust, Leave No Trace Subaru Traveling Trainer, and Team Naturaleza are putting on. Below is the information for the event along with information on Leave no Trace.
Do you love the outdoors? Want to learn more about how to hike safely on our local trails and be prepared?
Join Team Naturaleza, the Land Trust, and the Leave No Trace Subaru Traveling Trainer on Thursday May 24 from 6-7pm at the Saddle Rock Trailhead to learn about what to bring, what to do if you see a snake or a bear, how to take care of our local trails, and much more! This event is FREE, open to families, and information will be presented in English and Spanish.
LET’S TAKE CARE OF OUR FOOTHILLS
GET READY TO GO!
WHY? Weather can quickly change. Rough terrain makes emergency response difficult.
- Protect yourself from the sun, wind, heat, and cold.
- Wear sturdy shoes. Trails have uneven surfaces with steep up and down sections.
- Review your route on the map.
- Bring a leash for your pet and plastic bags to pack out your pet’s waste.
STAY ON DESIGNATED TRAILS
WHY? Off-trail travel damages plants, increases erosion, and reduces the natural beauty of our shared lands. Trails are designed to avoid sensitive wildlife areas.
- Stay on the trail–shortcuts are often too steep to be sustainable.
- Respect private property and the privacy of people living along the trail.
- Avoid using wet and muddy trails – they are easily damaged. If you encounter mud, travel single file in the middle to avoid trail widening.
PACK OUT YOUR TRASH AND DOG POOP
WHY? Packing out trash and pet waste helps to protect local wildlife and other visitors’ experiences.
- Carry all litter home, especially food wrappers, tissues, and plastic bottles.
- Use a plastic bag to pack out your pet’s poop to a garbage can.
LEAVE IT AS YOU FIND IT
WHY? Nature recycles the limited nutrients in the sagebrush grasslands.
- Leave items you find – like wildflowers, feathers, and antlers – for others to enjoy and wildlife to use.
- Treat living plants with respect. They provide homes for insects, food for birds and animals, and seeds for regrowth.
PREVENT WILDLAND FIRES
WHY? Wildland fires can move quickly into neighborhoods and result in catastrophic loss of life and structures. Most wildland fires are started accidentally by people.
- Be on alert: Sagebrush grasslands can experience wildfire any time of year.
- No fireworks, smoking, open flames, or shooting.
- Vehicle exhaust pipes can spark and ignite roadside grass & trigger a wildfire.
RESPECT WILDLIFE AND MANAGE YOUR PET
WHY? All forms of life have value in the ecosystem. Pets have potential to disrupt, stress, harm, and even kill local wildlife.
- Observe wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed or follow.
- Snakes and lizards are important members of the natural community – give them distance and respect.
- Keep your pet under control to protect it, other visitors, and local wildlife.
SHARE OUR TRAILS
WHY? Everyone has an equal right to enjoy the foothills and have a positive outdoor experience.
- Be considerate when passing others on the trail. Downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic
- All users give horses the right-of-way. Bikers yield to hikers.
- Let the sounds of nature be part of everyone’s experience.
- Be respectful of other visitors who are also there to have fun and enjoy the outdoors.
LOVE YOUR FOOTHILLS
- Doing your part to care for our foothills helps to protect them for all visitors and for wildlife.
- The more you know, the more fun you will have! Learn at www.cdlandtrust.org.
- Communicate to others your love of the foothills and encourage them to treat them with respect.
- Volunteer! Sign up to help with on-going trail work and weed control at www.cdlandtrust.org.