Safety Precautions for Hiking

Hikes can be a great way to relax, clear the mind, and get some of that much-needed alone time in the busy, wired world in which we live.

Safety Precautions for Solo Hiking || 1849 Mountain Rentals

Take the well-travelled path

This is one of the golden rules for hiking safety.

Hike a popular trail, so that if you run into trouble there are other people around to get help. It’s also important to pick a well-marked trail with signs, arrows, and safety hazards posted where necessary.

Mammoth Lakes has a number of popular trails. Crystal Lake is a popular trail that offers hikers incredible views of the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Mammoth Rock is another well-used trail, a 2.6-mile trail that leads hikers through meadows, historic mines, and lakes.

Let someone know you’re going

Tell a friend, family member, or even a park ranger at the entrance where and when you’re going so that someone knows to look for you if you don’t make it out of the trail in good time.

Check the forecast

This is important no matter who you’re hiking with, but especially important if you’re on your own.

Don’t just look out the window and set out when you see the sun shining. Check the predictions for the duration of your hike – and a few days after. Weather can change quickly in the mountains, from hot to cold to rain to snow, depending on factors such as time of year, altitude, and, of course, weather patterns.

Bad weather can debilitate even the most experienced hiker, increasing the risks and dangers of hiking.


While we don’t recommend carrying a heavy pack filled to the brim with unnecessary items, it’s important to bring anything and everything you think you might need when hiking on your own.

Be sure to pack:

  • More water than you think you need – particularly in the warmer months.
  • Double the amount of food – for a day hike, pack enough for two days; for a two-day hike, pack enough to sustain you for four.
  • Layers – even if it’s hot when you set out at noon, bring a thick sweater for warmth in case you get stuck on the trail later than planned.

Pick an appropriate trail for your level

There’s nothing more dangerous than an inexperienced hiker in gym shoes scrambling up a slippery scree rock or barrelling down an uneven slope on the other side.

Sure, it’s good to challenge yourself, but stay within your limits when hiking alone. Save the tougher paths for group or guided hikes. Take hiking safety seriously, and pick a trail that you can confidently complete and also enjoy stress-free.

Following these tips for hiking alone safely can significantly reduce the risk of running into problems on the trail.

We offer cozy mountainside accommodations near plenty of hiking trails in Mammoth, from family-friendly, mile-long hikes to multi-day treks.