|Efmer Trails Disclaimer
Although all maps and trail descriptions contained in Efmer/trails are as accurate as possible, they are not meant to be a substitute for official maps provided by the parks and official topographic maps.
The (wilderness) terrain can change drastically due to both man made and natural occurrences. When hiking, it is always wise to have current maps available. In addition, be sure to check with the rangers that are on duty for current trail conditions.
All Efmer/trails are day hikes. This means that for a person of average ability, the hike can be finished in one day. It must be strongly emphasized that the wilderness can be a dangerous place and no one should undertake any hike described in Efmer/trails without recognizing and personally assuming the associated risks.
You alone are responsible for determining if you should attempt any of the hikes described.
Gps data is inherent accurate up to 300 feet, this means you have to follow an established path, the Gps data is only intended to steer you in the general direction. Sometimes it is even illegal, to leave an established path. As a general rule: assume you are not allowed to leave the established trail, unless an official person/paper tells you otherwise.
Always be prepared:
Wear appropriate foot ware and clothing for the hike. Don't thrown on a pair of worn out tennis shoes because some of these hikes require a sturdy tread to maintain a solid footing along the trail. Furthermore, wearing a pair a shorts might sound ideal on a hot summer day unless you are walking through thick scrub.
Hike with a partner in case one of you needs to seek help.
Leave detailed instructions with family or friends on where you will be hiking and when people can expect you to return. Providing a specific route you will follow and sticking with will make it easier to locate you in case of an emergency.
Check the current and future weather conditions if you are planning an extended hiking. Keep in mind that thunderstorms tend to form during the afternoon, so planning an afternoon picnic on a high ridge isn't always a good idea.
Leave a note in your vehicle at the trailhead indicating where you will be hiking and when you anticipate returning in case you don't return.
Carry a cell phone and GPS with you. Of course, keep in mind cell phone reception varies from location to location, so it might be useful in some cases.
Learn basic first aid for handling medical emergencies like hypothermia, heart attacks, snake bites, heat exhaustion, and avalanches.
Carry plenty of water or a water filter, and never depend on a spring indicated on a map or in a guidebook. Springs dry up, and Uncle’s recollection of a spring from a trip 30 years ago is no guarantee.
Pack a first aid kit, including a possible snack bite kit.
Practice Leave No Trace principles of hiking and camping. Leave nothing behind but footprints.