General Considerations for Finding a Walking Point
The first thing to ask is, what exactly are you looking for? Then consider which places are practically accessible. Be sure to find out if your activity is allowed in your site. Last and perhaps most importantly, consider what you can handle. Given all these things, you can start watching. There is a list of suggestions and resources at the end of this article.
What do you look for?
Do you want to add just a touch of nature to your everyday life? Consider your local city parks or reservation land. Even private land, if the owner is fit, such as the edges of farms, loggers or other such underdeveloped areas, can offer a peaceful and interesting place to visit wild things. Visit your city and local library website for information on parks and outdoor recreation areas or ask around your neighbors. And do not forget your yard. There are more fascinating birds, insects and plants than you have imagined. You never know until you go out there and just open your eyes and ears for a while.
Do you want to find the right wilderness area that you can visit for a while and get to know yourself well? Check your state websites for state and national parks, national forests and other large open recreation areas in your travel. Read books and articles about this area before your first visit to know what to expect. Study the roads and the parking places to have a good idea of how long it will take to get there.
Are you planning a business trip or vacation in an unknown location and hoping you will first explore its natural history? Now you have some research! Check the web for tourist sites in the area you plan to visit. Do not forget to look for a field printing plant and plant and animal world in that area. Consider several alternatives, in case you find out after your first choice is unsuccessful. (I never went out of Palermo when I visited Sicily when a trip to Mount Aetna was planned for an eruption!)
Are you planning a hike where mountaineering is the main goal? Good for you! You will carefully consider and find out as much as you can about the place before leaving. Get some information from books and websites. Then get more. Properly filter the information properly: If someone has something to sell, it might make the sound more attractive and more accessible than it actually is. Find out if you need camps, rent a canoe and more.
Places to Visit
Carefully read these maps! Sixty miles of the road can look like an hour, but not if there is an abundant road to report through rough land. You do not want to be caught in the wild unprepared and you can not get out before people start worrying about you.
If you plan to visit the area several times, allow yourself enough time to get to know the place. Try a few alternative routes to find the best. Try a few different access points – car parks, trackheads, etc. – before choosing which "your place" will be. You will come back many times, so do not be discouraged if you find that your first choice is not as good as you hoped.
If you go to a visit once in your life, you might want to hire a guide. Yes, it's a cost and a bit intrusive, but it's better than problem problems. When referring to a guide to plan your hiking, make sure you understand your goals – whether you want to compete with this mountain peak, or just watch it birds – and give them an honest assessment of your abilities. If you lead as part of a group, make sure that a solid travel schedule will not make your vacation a real deal for you.
Is it allowed?
Consider what you intend to do, and can be banned or restricted. Many parks do not allow camping. Fishing is banned or restricted in many lakes and rivers. (I know a beautiful lake in a state park where only children can fish.)
Are you planning to bring your dog to hiking? Not all parks allow dogs, and most require a dog to climb.
There are also limitations on boats, motorized snow engines and even off-road bikes. Make sure that the place you intend to go to allows you to do what you intend to do.
Can you take it?
Make a sincere assessment of your abilities, physically and mentally, and plan your caution. Do you think you can walk twelve miles in one day? Do not plan more than seven miles in an unknown country.
Carefully read the description of the path and the degree of difficulty before deciding what you can handle. If it says "rough", it means you should not plan to set any land speed records.
Keep in mind that most of the track guide literature is written by people with great mountaineering experience and above-average physical condition. If you are a coffee shop in the hope of becoming a great outsider, do not plan to take the same walk that the big outsider calls "challenging".
Observe the contour lines you see on most mappots. They tell you it's a dangerous trace. A walk in the park is a 1 mile trail that climbs to 500 feet. One kilometer of a trail that climbs to 2,000 feet can be ineffective to the average person seated.
Again, make sure your self-assessment is honest. You can say a great adventure story at home, but you can not fool the elements. When you go out on the track, no amount of enthusiasm can compensate for the lack of physical fitness.
Do not forget the place because it's popular. True, crowds take the feeling of peace and loneliness, and wildlife avoids contact with people. But if you go to the right time of the day, you may find something near the wilderness, even in a place that is usually crowded. Most people are most active late in the day, and most animals are most active in the dusk and dawn. It says to you, wherever you go, try to go there at dawn.
If you're big enough to have a state or national park nearby, that's probably your best choice. Otherwise, do not overlook city parks and private property for frequent quick visits.
Before hiking in private ownership, introduce yourself to the owner. As long as you know who you are and what you are up to now, most people are happy to allow mountain riders to use their forests and fields. Of course, some apartment owners had bad experiences, and you certainly have to respect their rights to protect their property from damage and cattle from injury and harassment. Keep in mind that many landowners have hunting clubs agreements so they may not be able to land on their land during the hunting season.
When planning a trip to an unknown area, be sure to do your research ahead of time. Again, state and national parks are probably your best choice. Not only are they most likely to offer a good pedestrian experience, they are also best documented. You will surely not be able to find a source on the web that tells you about the expectations of Farmer Jones. forty, but there is plenty of information about public parks. On the second note you will find plenty of information on commercial recreation areas, but everyone has a financial interest in getting a visit to that location. It is more likely that public parks have clear and true information.
- Your Local Library. Look for books about the selected destination. If you are planning to travel to an area you are not familiar with, look for local outdoor journals.
- Google. Enter the name of the city or state and the word "hiking" and you will not find an inexhaustible link chain to the information you can use.
- American Society for Walks (http://www.americhaniking.org/). Search your "Alliance of Hiking Organizations" for affiliated organizations in your area.
- National Park Service (http://www.nps.gov/). Mother of Prayer, for the United States.
- USDA Forest Service (http://www.fs.fed.us/). Another extremely rich source, divided by the United States.