Tips in Taking Alternative Trails
Tips in Taking Alternative Trails. There is a mountain man in every single one of us, and he has probably already climbed the mountains around the lakes or hills surrounding the lakes. However, not every mountain man will have had the opportunity to climb the hills around the lakes or lakes. It’s the reason you’re there in the first place. To reach the tops of mountains around lakes or hills. I know it sounds a bit like a cop-out, but the hills or lakes around the mountain you choose may not be the highest one around.
If you’re going to attempt to go for the highest route around the lake or mountain, make sure that you’re familiar with the lake or hill you’re heading for.
Take the time to look it up on a map or know its elevation before you venture out on your hike. This is like the warning sign on a highway – don’t go up the highway if you have a back problem!
You may not be able to find the exact route around the lake or mountain, but rest assured that there are many alternatives. If you have some experience and know the destination you may choose to head for a similar elevation and a similar route.
Some other great options include heading to the lake side of the hill – which is closer to the lake? If you have a dog, then a different mountain might be an easier and shorter alternative.
Don’t fret about making a wrong turn – there are many backcountry hikes you can choose from. If you decide to return to the main trail you can be certain of a map and a GPS.
Getting to the high ridge is the easiest option if you take a more direct route around the lake. However, it may be a long ways to the high ridge. This is a great option if you’re going to be on the lake and you want to keep some travel time to a minimum.
Many of these alternatives are relatively short, but you’ll have to make a decision for how long you’re willing to be on the lake. An easy alternative will be an easy two hour hike, but if you want more privacy and a longer alternative then you’ll have to use a longer alternative.
Be sure to ask the people that drive you to make the journey ahead of time how far the alternative is.
I’ve found that for some of these you can use a map and compass to figure out how long the alternative is before you leave. Even if you use your phone to look at a map, it won’t always be precise. If you really have no idea how far the alternative is, you can at least tell yourself that it’s closer than longer. This will help you stay on the safe side.
Once you’ve chosen which alternative you’ll be taking, then check the weather forecast. Sometimes the alternative is not well marked in the summer or peak periods. Remember that these are routes you can take and may be shorter.
Make sure you pack extra water and other provisions in case you need them in case you get caught in the worst storm.
There are other basic supplies that you should take as well. Bring an extra set of glasses or contacts to wear if you have to. For some of these alternative trails, you’ll need to pack some extra provisions. Don’t forget the first aid kit either. A good kit should be plenty to last you until you get to the bottom of the alternative.
With this in mind, you can decide what you need to pack ahead. Don’t forget to take your camera, mp3 player and so on. You can take your stove, which has some added convenience and allows you to stay on marked trails. It also means you can cook your food in the alternative as you’ll know what it needs to cook. With this you can spend more time enjoying the area and less time preparing meals. There are ways of cooking your food without a stove. One is the grill, which is also available but take longer to prepare and pack. However, if you’re doing the main alternative, then it’s fine to bring a grill.
These alternative trails can be as much fun and scenic as the main trail.
But you may not want to do both at the same time. For some, it’s the choice of whether to do the main alternative or the alternative. It’s up to you whether you want to stick with the main trail, or head off to the alternative. In most cases, it’s best to stick with the main trail. You can enjoy more the route and it offers more variety. And remember the alternative can be even more beautiful and varied, depending on the time of year.
And remember, no matter what you decide to do, the main alternative is always worth a visit. Whether you stick with the main or alternate, just pack everything you’ll need and enjoy the alternative trails.