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June 15th 2021

Tips for a Successful Hike

The Gault Nature Reserve boasts a network of hiking trails suitable for everyone, regardless of your objectives, level of experience, or preferred pace. No matter which trail you select, we offer some valuable tips to help you maximize your enjoyment of the great outdoors.

1. Know your trail

Before embarking on your adventure, it's essential to consult the trail map. The trail map provides details about trail lengths, elevation changes, and estimated completion times. This information helps you choose a trail that aligns with the time of day and the fitness level of you or your group. Planning and enjoying your hike becomes easier when you have a clear understanding of what to expect.

2. Stay hydrated

Water is undoubtedly the most important item to bring along. This might seem obvious on hot days, but you should be particularly careful on cold days as well. Before setting out, ensure you're well-hydrated and continue to take regular, small sips during the hike, even before you become thirsty.

3. Pack snacks

Bring along snacks and enjoy them on the trail to stave off hunger and prevent a sudden energy crash. Hiking can burn a significant number of calories!

4. Protect yourself from the elements

Don't overlook the importance of sunscreen to shield yourself from harmful UV rays. While the forest canopy provides some respite from the sun, you could still be susceptible to sunburn. Prepare for encounters with insects by bringing bug spray and applying it as necessary. Ticks, mosquitoes, and other creepy-crawlies may cross your path during the hike. Also, remember to stay on the designated trails to minimize the risk of ticks hitching a ride.

5. Respect nature

Adopt practices that minimize your impact on the environment, enabling you to fully appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings. Small actions collectively make a substantial difference. Stay on the marked trails, even if they are muddy, refrain from picking plants, respect wildlife, collect and dispose of your waste responsibly, and demonstrate consideration for fellow visitors. This is the most effective way to ensure that the reserve can be enjoyed for generations to come.

An infographic detailing the 7 Leave No Trace principles.

To learn more, consult our practicle guide on the 7 Leave No Trace principles.

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