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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 safe for you or your party. Every reader assumes responsibility for their safety. 

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.

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

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

Please take note of the following resources:

The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project
The US Forest Service on outdoor recreation
The National Park Service on backcountry hazards
Current wildfires in Washington state 
Leave No Trace





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