Safety Issues For Hikers


Over a period of many years, my trips have had an excellent safety record, and I'm proud of that. Trip participants will probably notice quite quickly the emphasis I put on safety and cautiosness when we're out there. But I can't ensure everyone's safety on my own. Participants on my trips must be aware that because we often travel to backcountry areas that are many hours from outside help, it's important to have a cautious attitude, be properly prepared, and pay careful attention to sound safety principles. 






Keep in mind that my trips are organized activities sponsored by the Everett Parks Department. My job is to do whatever I can to provide a safe and enjoyable trip for you and everyone in your group. The following list of safety guidelines have been developed over the years, and form a basis for how I run my trips.


  • The trip leader has ultimate responsibility for the safety of the group. They are an experienced person (in my case, over 20 years and 2000 trips), and they will base their decisions and directions to the group on safety. Cooperate with the leader.  

  • Hikers must know and understand the required equipment for their trip, and carry (or have access to) these items at all times. Hikers also understand that many “recommended” equipment items (hiking stick, whistle, the ten essentials, etc.) will greatly improve their safety. See the “Hiking Trips” handout.

  •  Hikers travel with the group. In some instances, temporary separations are fine, as long as their whereabouts are clearly understood by the leader and the group.

  • Hikers do not travel alone. (Occasional exceptions may be made with leader instruction and some means of communication (cell phone or walkie-talkies).

  • Hikers do not attempt maneuvers that are difficult or hazardous for them without the consent and/or assistance from the trip leader.

  • Hikers who travel AHEAD of the leader must stop at all trail junctions, challenging maneuvers, or where instructed to by the leader.

  • If a participant travels ahead of the leader and does not have instructions on where to stop and wait, then they need to remain within visual and/or voice contact of the leader. 

  • Hikers must understand their personal responsibility for their safety, and the safety of others. Be well prepared, use caution, pay attention to your surroundings, ask questions, and watch out for others in your group who may be getting into hazardous situations.

Thank you for your care and understanding