Trail Tips from Central Washington Outdoor

Trail Tips from Central Washington Outdoor

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In Central Washington, experiencing the outdoors is in our nature. We are committed to inspiring your love and appreciation for the natural world, but we also aim to help you protect and care for it, as well as stay safe as you explore it. We're happy to help you discover your passion for the wilderness, learn how to navigate it safely, improve your on-trail experience, and lessen your impact on the places you love for adventurers of the present and future.

Water Crossings

Central Washington's natural lands are scattered with crystal lakes and rushing rivers that can be thrilling to explore. When hiking alongside a river, creek, or stream, keep in mind that water is powerful, even in seemingly calmer sections. Always exercise caution when in and around water sources. Here are a few key points to remember when hiking or backpacking:

• Always unhook backpack straps before getting near a water source. That way if you fall into the water, your pack won't weigh you down.

• Avoid injury by wearing proper footwear when crossing. Carry water shoes when you know water crossings are inevitable.

• Avoid water that is higher than your knees. Deep water makes it easier to lose your balance or be swept off your feet.

• Logs, rocks, and other materials near water can be slick, test their stability before moving. Using a hiking pole or a single foot will help you determine if your next step will be stable.

• When crossing, face upstream to pinpoint where faster currents are flowing.

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