Navigation (map and compass) -maps will be provided
Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
Insulation (extra clothing)
Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
Repair kit and tools
Nutrition (extra food)
Hydration (extra water)
REI has a great resource that expands on each one of these items: REI ESSENTIALS
Hiking Tips from a Park Butte Hiker:
1. Wear GOOD shoes. Comfort is very important. Make sure you have a sturdy boot or shoe for this hike. Although the trail is well groomed, there are areas of rock and root that a good shoe can help with.
2. Bring EXTRA water. I usually take two to three (32oz) Nalgene bottles of water with me. It does weigh a bit, however, the extra weight is worth staying hydrated. Oh, STAY HYDRATED. Drink that water you bring!
3. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Typically this is one of the hottest days of the year, and the Park Butte hike is no exception. You'll be glad you brought sun protection.
4. Bring bug spray! Not much explanation needed, but here's a little tip. Most times, the bugs aren't too bad, but one year, I wore a head net. Need another item for your backpack? Pick up a cheap and lightweight bug net for your head. You probably won't need it, but if you do, you'll thank me.
5. Consider hiking poles. Seriously. For me, coming down a hill puts so much pressure on my knees, it's sometimes more difficult than heading up. Your knees will be grateful for this advice. Most people on this hike use hiking poles, so you won't be alone. You can find them reasonably priced.
6. Another tip about water. Drink a lot of water a day or so before your hike (I try to drink at least 64 oz. the day before a big hike. You will be hydrated and it will make the hike much easier for you.
Happy Hiking! -Billie
1. Obviously, don't litter. Don't litter at the trailhead or on the trail.
2. Don't feed the animals. Some birds may ask you for some tidbits. Please do not feed them or any other animals.
3. Pick up after you poop. There are waste bags at the trailhead. Read about how to use them and actually use them. Do NOT to leave the bag on the mountain. This is a popular hike that still retains its wilderness feel. The smaller footprint we leave, the better.
4. Hikers heading up the mountain have the right of way.
5. Say "Hello" to other hikers. This is also good to do when approaching other hikers from behind, to let them know you are there. Pass as you would in a vehicle.