National Hiking Day coming up

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) National Hiking Day is on Thursday, and the US Forest Service said it is a great day to get outside and explore more of Alaska’s National Forests.

    Whether hiking that trusty, reliable trail or finding something new, be sure to stay safe as winter sets in.

    The Forest Service said to use these top tips to get out and celebrate the Chugach and Tongass National Forests – where nature, people and tradition come together.

    Wear extra layers and bring some, too – Cold temperatures mean the need for layers as temperatures change quickly.

    Check weather and avalanche forecasts before departing – Checking weather and avalanche forecasts will help provide the most recent information and avalanche risk for winter activities occurring on slopes. Check out the Chugach Avalanche Center.

    Prepare for winter road conditions – Pack an emergency roadside kit, plan extra time for travel, and be ready for snow, ice, or wind.

    Keep an eye out for traps – Winter is trapping season in Alaska. Be sure to stay on the trail, keep children close, and keep pets safe by keeping them on a leash.

    Stay hydrated – Cold temperatures can lead to dehydration too. Make sure to keep hydrated while having fun.

    Always use caution when crossing frozen bodies of water – Ice thickness can change quickly and is not always stable.

    Share trip plans – Always share trip plans (routes, destinations and return times) with someone not on the trip.

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