Nothing is more frustrating than to find out the road to your hiking destination is closed when you get to the mountains and you have no cell phone reception to find an alternative route or an alternative hiking option.
I try to be prepared as much as I can before leaving home so I can enjoy the hiking adventure without unnecessary stress. We don’t live close to the mountains. A road trip is part of the hiking day.
One of the things I check as part of planning is the county road closure list. Each county has its own road closure website. Here are 3 counties I have bookmarked in my browser.
I hate to find the road is closed after driving 1.5 – 2 hours early in the morning. That has happened to me a couple of times even after I looked up the info the night before. I changed the plan then and headed for an alternative hiking option I had as a backup.
What sources do you rely on when planning?
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6 comments on “#TrailTip Tuesday: Planning”
I’m a huge fan of All Trails. I usually check the trail the day before to see if anybody has left any comments about the trail conditions or road closures. This isn’t always reliable, as not everybody leaves comments, but it’s usually the first place I go.
I use All Trails as well for trail research. It’s especially useful when I plan for a road trip and try to find trails near where we are going. It’s a good starting point like you said. 🙂
I usually try to check the website for the park (if they have one) for any news or announcements. I have also learned to stop in park offices when available since the park rangers will always know what is closed and the alternative routes available.
True! Park websites usually have the last updated date. Its good to check so we don’t rely on outdated information. Adventure on, Megan!
Thank you for the tip really helpful with all this rain and snow southern Cali is experiencing right now. Thanks for the links, greatly appreciated.
Glad you find them helpful!