JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK OFFERS SUMMER HIKING SAFETY TIPS

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK OFFERS SUMMER HIKING SAFETY TIPS

With the summer’s heat, locals and visitors who hike in Joshua Tree National Park need to take extra precautions. Park Spokesman George Land has some summer hiking safety tips…

Hot summer weather is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up hiking in the park. As long as you plan ahead and observe some basic guidelines, you can still enjoy your summer hike.

Start early in the morning when the day is cool. Be realistic about the hike you’ve planned with respect to the length and difficulty of the route you choose. If you’re not sure, talk to the staff at the visitor centers about their suggestions.

Always carry more water than you think you’re going to need. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, long sleeves, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It’s always a good idea to hike with a partner, but if you can’t, at least let someone know the trail you’re taking and what time you expect to be done.
Summer can still be an enjoyable time in the park provided you exercise good common sense and show respect for the desert environment.

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