PRACTICAL HIKING INFORMATION
Being prepared, without bringing everything you own,
is a trick. Obviously, items that you would bring for overnight
will not be the same as for day hikes, and we will focus on just
day hiking necessities.
1. Day pack
2. Trail map
3. APP (all purpose paper) is toilet paper
5. Water or water purification system
6. Lunch or snacks (take plenty of snacks)
7. Bug repellent
9. Hiking boots & socks
11. Rainwear, if cloudy
EXCREMENT and URINE
Improperly disposed waste contaminates water and spreads
disease (hepatitis, guardia, typhoid) in both wildlife and humans.
Most trail diseases come from water contaminated by feces, urine
or both. Packing it out is obviously distasteful, so here are
three simple rules in order to minimize impact:
- Make sure no one will find it. Dig a hole not more than eight
inches deep (it's the bacteria in the upper layer that decompose
Keep it at least 100 feet (200 is better)
downhill from water sources.
Take advantage of biodegradation by digging
separate holes for each instance so that the underlying organisms
can do their thing.
PERMITS REQUIRED FOR BACKPACKING
All overnight trips into the Hoover Wilderness
and the additional 72,000 acres of pristine National Forest lands
require a wilderness permit. During the quota period from the last
Friday in June through September 15, you can obtain a permit at
the Bridgeport Ranger Station during business hours or by mail.
Forest Service must receive your requests postmarked by March 1,
three weeks before the first day of your trip. Due to volume of
mail, a response may take up to five weeks. Enclose $3 per person
with your application request.
You can help protect your food from a bear by hanging your food
from a tree, and if done properly, you will earn a good night's
sleep. First, understand one thing, nothing is bear-proof as
well as a food storage container. Always place food storage containers
on a flat, open area away from cliffs, lakes and streams to avoid
other natural disasters.