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Wilderness safety

Disclaimer page for Conservation Northwest's featured hikes

It's a wild world

Conservation Northwest features several hikes located in areas where we work. The descriptions on this website are not assertions that the routes, trails, and features described will be in good condition or safe for you or your party. Always check recent trip reports and local weather conditions prior to hitting the trail.

Every reader assumes responsibility for their safety. Conservation Northwest is in now way responsible for injuries, mishaps, accidents or death on hikes mentioned on this website.

Wilderness safety is essential to the stewardship of our wildlands and the animals that live within them. Certain dangers are implicit in any outdoor experience far removed from modern resources. Whether planning a family outing a few miles into the Olympic Mountains or gearing up for a week in the North Cascades, correct preparation can lend peace of mind and ensure that your visit into our last wild lands will be safe, sustainable, and exciting.

Make sure to:

  • Monitor local weather reports.

  • Stop by the nearest NPS visitor center or USFS ranger station for information on fire safety, local hazards, and trail conditions.

  • Always carry the Ten Essentials.

  • Let a friend know where you are going and when to expect you back.

  • Familiarize yourself with backcountry procedure and safety for longer trips.

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