There are many hikes in our area that traverse basalt cliffs or climb to
scenic viewpoints with drop-offs. The trails are normally wide enough, yet every
year people die in tragic falls.
Here are a few thoughts to keep you safe on Cliffside trails.
- When passing, look ahead and pause on a wider section of trail, allowing
the most room to pass other hikers.
- Children will need extra attention, including held hands through dangerous
- Dogs should be leashed and held tightly, giving others a lot of room to
pass. Playful dogs should be left at home.
- Give backpackers with large packs the right of way.
- Some people suffer extreme fear of heights. Comfort hikers in your party
and let obviously scared people pass on the inside.
- Be alert for changing weather conditions. Ice or mud can be deadly.
- Look for loose stones or rolling rocks.
- Photographers should be extra careful. Don't block the trail with tripods
or gear. When you're looking through your camera, moving around to find that
perfect shot, don't step over the cliff edge.