Monday, February 22, 2021
Before you go

Getting out for a walk on a cold winter day takes some planning. Let’s consider this:

1. Length of walks. Most of the walks described can be a very short distance to a couple of miles on the trail. If this is a new adventure, you can start with short walks to and from your car or house, and add distance as you feel comfortable and energy levels allow.

2. Dress appropriately. Layering clothes and wearing a mask are actually not so bad as a way to keep cheeks, nose, mouth and body a little warmer. Wear good waterproof shoes or boots, warm wool socks, and cleats if there is any snow or ice where you are going.

3. Carry a cellphone in case of emergencies. Most places have reception and getting help is possible. Also, there are several apps that can be very useful for information like “where am I,” distances, and trail maps. (See All Trails and Strava for examples.)

4. Hiking poles or a walking stick give one an extra “leg” for balance. These are especially useful if there are uneven places or patches of snow or ice.

5. Water and snack if you are going for a long hike. (We usually keep a bottle of water in the car as we are going a couple of miles at most.)

6. Transportation. All trails listed are accessible by car. Some are on or near bus routes, noted where information is available. Check bus line information and schedules as these are limited due to COVID and winter.

7. Dogs! Most trails are dog friendly and some say “on leash.” Use your judgment. Remember to carry a doggie bag!