Safety Tips

During the summer months high intensity thunderstorms can produce flash flooding.  when this occurs, stay out of washes and canyon bottoms.

  • Always wear a helment when you are cycling or riding an ATV
  • Bring plenty of water.  Because it is cooler at high elevations, you may not notice if you are becoming dehydrated.
  • Check the weather before leaving home to see what the conditions are in the area you want to visit

Watch Out Situations

Helicopters may haul logs weighing more than two tons. Debris and branches fall as the logs are flown overhead. Stay clear of helicopter logging areas.

Logging occurs in many areas. This activity results in increased traffic on area roads, especially large logging trucks.  These trucks haul heavy loads and cannot stop quickly.  Don't assume they can see you, be aware of the possibility of logging trucks and be defensive in your activities.  Remember that mountain back roads are often narrow and curvy so visibility may be limited.  Yield to logging trucks and equipment.  Other types of vehicles that may have trouble slowing down are trucks pulling heavy RV travel trailers and firewood gatherers hauling trailers full of firewood.  Slow down, watch, and listen!

Deadfall trees and vegetation may lie across the trail or into the road.  Dying trees may fall at any time, especially during and directly after strong winds.  Look ahead and avoid leaning trees.  If you need to drive around a tree impeding part of a road, check the edges to make sure there is enough space to pass safely.

Safety Information

Be Bear Aware - Bear sightings and activity may occur across the Forest. Be aware of bears and follow safety recommendations.

Top Ten Essential: An Annotated List - By far, the best known outdoor equipment is the so called list of Ten Essentials.

Lightweight First Aid Kit - Suggestions for a first aid kit for outdoor activities.

Winter Sports Safety -