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Posted on: December 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Hiking Safety Tips: Rainy Days

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Rain is in the forecast, but don’t let keep you inside. If you take proper precautions you can still enjoy a hike on the trails around Poway.

While you should always check current conditions before heading out and avoid flood prone areas, there are benefits to a wet-weather walk: you can burn more calories hiking when it’s raining, plus the popular trails are typically less crowded.

Here are some tips to consider:

  • Staying dry is easier than drying off after you’re wet. Wear/bring a rain cover, but in a pinch a large trash bag makes a great water-resistant poncho. 
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep the rain off your face, or a baseball cap tucked under the hood of your jacket.
  • Wear waterproof hiking boots with thicker soles for better traction on slippery – and possibly muddy – trails and bring extra socks. You may want to also take hiking poles to help you keep your balance.
  • Pack your valuables in a waterproof pouch – or at the very least in a ziplock-type bag.
  • Don’t wear cotton – as it absorbs water – but do bring a cotton bandana as it’s compact to carry and great for drying things off.

The City of Poway has 78 miles of trails; most remain open during inclement weather. Follow the City of Poway (@cityofpoway) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up to date with weather conditions and any park or trail closures. 

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