Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Your forest is home to a vast ecosystem of trees, plants, mountains, lakes, and wildlife. With these can come unpredictability and even danger. We’re here to help you take the steps you need to stay safe in nature.


  • Know Before You Go: learn what to do in case of an emergency, view safety guidelines for winter recreation, find hiking tips and more.

  • Planning Your Trip: what to do, how to get there, and how to be prepared. 

  • For more information on safety for specific recreation activities, such as camping, mountain biking, or wildlife photography, visit our national website.

  • Leave No Trace: When visiting your forest, it’s important to take care of the lands your feet walk upon. Use the 7 Leave No Trace principles as your guide, and remember to leave it better than you found it.


10 Essentials

Outdoorsman and long-time Forest Service volunteer Pat Ellis. photo by Kelly Sprute, US Forest Service.

Outdoorsman and long-time Forest Service volunteer Pat Ellis lists the 10 essential items you need to take with you when you go hiking on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.



In the Wilderness - Dress for success

Smokey Bear hugs volunteer wilderness ranger, Brad Allen. photo by Brad Allen.

Even if you are only taking a short hike in the forest, it is always a good idea to dress for success. Volunteer Forest Service Wilderness Ranger Brad Allen tells you how.




Do it Right: How to Poop in the Woods

Beautiful Mt. Bakre.

Learn the right way to go to the bathroom in the woods. When do you need to pack it out? When and where should you bury your business following Leave No Trace principles?




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Winter Recreation Tips

Chair 6 at Mt. Baker


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