PLAY IT SAFE THIS WINTER
We welcome you to explore local trails and parks this winter, but please do so within your personal and physical limits.
We welcome you to explore local trails and parks this winter, but please do so within your personal and physical limits. Central Washington is a spacious landscape with diverse terrain, making it difficult to reach someone in need of aid quickly. Taking unnecessary risks can put you and others in danger, so please be cautious of where you choose to explore. Our area has plenty of trails requiring varying degrees of skill, so there’s always an option within your comfort zone available. Above all, use common sense. If you feel like you’re doing something wrong, you probably are. Before you venture outdoors in Central Washington this season, review these additional ways to play it safe during your upcoming winter adventure:
Know your limits, equipment, and the area, and be wise about how you engage in your activity.
Choose lower-risk activities and understand safety guidelines.
If you are going out on your own, always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
If venturing out with a group, consider the ability level of everyone, including dogs, if you bring one. Let the slowest person in your party set the pace.
Bring emergency supplies. This includes a first aid kit, map, compass, flashlight, warm clothing, high-energy food, water, and insect repellent.
Before starting out, do warm-up exercises. Stretching gradually increases heart rate, temperature, and circulation to your muscles.
Be weather wise. The winter season can bring unpredictable weather, so be sure to keep an eye on current and predicted weather conditions and carry appropriate clothing, such as extra layers.
Bring more water and food than you think you’ll need.
Be mindful of when the sun sets. It is best to only travel during daylight, but make sure you carry a flashlight in case you get caught in the winter’s earlier dusk hours.
Know what to do if you get lost. Here are some tips:
• Try to locate your position on a map.
• Be sure to carry a compass and know how to use it!
• Collect your thoughts and attempt to remember how you got to your
• Stay on the trail!
• Recall any landmarks such as bodies of water, peaks, or unique formations
Central Washington is home to plenty of knowledgeable guides who are more than happy to help you explore the area safely, whether you’re a beginner or an expert who isn’t familiar with our area! From snowshoeing to snowmobiling, explore guides for all of our area’s top outdoor adventures.