Avid San Diego Hiker Offers Advice On Hiking During The Pandemic
Monday, July 20, 2020
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One thing we are learning about this virus is that you are safer outside. So if you feel like you are going stir-crazy at home, heading out for a hike is one of the best and safest things you can do. Not necessarily a strenuous hike that requires boots and stamina. Even short hikes are a huge relief from the ... Read more →
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Hiking has become increasingly popular in San Diego during the coronavirus pandemic as some recreational activities remain closed and there’s a decreased risk for contracting the virus outdoors.
Scott Turner is an avid hiker and the author of four hiking guides, including the fifth edition of "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County." Once trails began to reopen in the county, Turner challenged himself to see how many hikes he could find within 20 minutes of his home. He found 25.
One of his discoveries was a six to seven-mile trail network at Encinitas Ranch.
"It winds through suburban areas, so it's not necessarily a wilderness experience, but you know, when you're in the middle of a pandemic and you know most of the state parks and the national forests are closed, seven miles ten minutes from your house starts to sound really, really good, so that was a revelation for me," Turner said.
Turner spoke to KPBS Midday Edition on Monday and said that if you want to recreate the challenge, he recommends checking your city's parks and recreation website for hikes near you.
He also recommends the following:
- Start early so that you encounter fewer people on the trail. If that's not a possibility, pick a wider trail so that you can step aside to let others pass.
- Bring a mask and cover your face when you come within 20 feet of another person.
- Check the forecast where you plan to hike to see how hot it will be at the time you're hiking.
- Bring more water than you think you'll need.
- Bring sun protection - sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Avoid wearing dark colors because they tend to absorb heat.
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