Across Washington, some public lands are reopening to hikers for day use after closures related to the coronavirus. That’s why we’re asking you to pledge to #recreateresponsibly and follow best practices to prevent the spread of coronavirus when you’re out on trail.
As a nonprofit supported by hikers like you, we know the immense value that getting outside has for our hearts, minds and bodies. With this in mind, hikers should remember that this reopening is a trial run. As long as the coronavirus is a public health concern, it will take extra effort from all of us to keep each other safe, and to keep hiking a healthy activity.
WTA has been hard at work with partner organizations across the state and country putting together a list of tips on hiking in the time of coronavirus. Our six tips for recreating responsibly are:
- Know Before You Go - Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a plan B.
- Plan Ahead - Use the bathroom, fill up your car, pack your lunch, prepare for facilities to be closed. Bring the proper gear including hand sanitizer and a mask.
- Stay Close to Home - This is not the time to travel long distances to recreate. Most places are only open for day use and established campsites are closed.
- Practice Physical Distancing - Adventure only with your immediate household. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.
- Play It Safe - Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search-and-rescue operations and health-care resources are both strained.
- Leave No Trace - Respect public lands and communities and take your garbage with you, including disposable gloves, masks and toilet paper.
- Build an Inclusive Outdoors - Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.
Pledge today to #recreateresponsibly. Let’s keep our trails healthy and safe places for everyone.