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Before You Go

Starting the backpack trip!

There's a lot to think about before you hit the trail, whether you're traveling on foot, by boat, on a mountain bike, or on horseback. Do you have all you need to be safe? To be well-fed? To be hydrated? How do you go about picking the right trail? And what do you need to know before heading into a canyon? Below you will find information to help you step out the door and onto the trail well prepared.

Evaluating a Trail                              Topographic Maps

Ten Essentials                                   Plan a Hike for Families

Canyoneering                                     Hiking with Your Dog

Trail Rules for Bikers                       Snowshoeing

Trail Running                                      Cooking in the Backcountry

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