Hikers Reminded to Enjoy the Outdoors Safely and with Minimal Environmental Impact
Whether you enjoy day-hiking in the foothills above Rancho Cucamonga or in other parks, forests, and wilderness areas throughout Southern California, the City of Rancho Cucamonga urges all outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared and be environmentally responsible. Those who don’t prepare often end up compensating for poor planning by making decisions that compromise their safety as well as the environment. The City has prepared essential information that will help you stay safe and protect the outdoors you love so much. Follow these guidelines next time you hit the outdoors:
- Plan Ahead: Before heading out, make sure you plan accordingly. Understand the difficulty and terrain of the trail and check beforehand whether pets are allowed on the trail. Check the weather forecast and be prepared for unexpected weather. Inform someone beforehand of your hiking plans.
- Be Prepared: Appropriate footwear and weather-appropriate clothing is essential! A hat and sunscreen are also must-bring items.
- Stay hydrated: Always make sure to bring plenty of water.
- Pack essential supplies: Even a short hike requires packing emergency items such as a first aid kit, compass and map, flashlight, whistle, and extra food.
- Leave no trace: Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Leave everything that you find in the wilderness where it belongs. Do not graffiti and do not litter.
- Pack out what you pack in: Don’t toss your trash – not even biodegradable items such as banana peels. Don’t forget to pack out pet waste as well.
- Respect wildlife: Let the wild be wild. Keep your distance and do not approach animals. Never feed wild animals food intended for humans. Be cautious of snakes.
- Stay on established trails: Wandering from established trails can be dangerous, get you lost, and needlessly tramples native vegetation.
- Be responsible with fire: Campfires and smoking are NOT allowed in the foothills above Rancho Cucamonga.
- Carpool to the trailhead: Parking at trailheads can be limited and excessive traffic negatively impacts the surrounding neighborhoods.