Know Before You Go.
Hiking at Kivi Park can be an enjoyable and safe experience if you're prepared and informed. Here's a list of things people should know before hiking at Kivi Park
By following these guidelines, you can have a safe and enjoyable hiking experience at Kivi Park while preserving its natural beauty for future generations.
1) Park Information
Familiarize yourself with the park's layout, including trailheads, facilities, and emergency contact information.
2) Trail Maps
Obtain a trail map from our Park Trails Page or scan the QR code found on one of our maps at the park. Study it to plan your route.
3) Trail Difficulty
Know the difficulty level of the trails you plan to hike. Kivi Park offers trails of various distance and difficulty levels, so choose one that matches your skill and fitness level.
4) Weather Forecast
Check the weather forecast for the day of your hike. Be prepared for changing conditions and dress accordingly.
5) Hiking Gear
Your gear can make or break your hike. Follow these gear recommendations:
- Wear appropriate footwear with good traction.
- Dress in layers suitable for the weather.
- Carry a small backpack with essentials like water, snacks, a first aid kit, and extra clothing.
6) Water and Hydration
Follow these hydration recommendations:
- Carry an adequate supply of water, especially on longer hikes. Dehydration can be a serious risk.
- Keep in mind that we do no have running water on site. Bring more water than you anticipate consuming.
7) Leave No Trace
Respect the environment by following Leave No Trace principles. Pack out all trash and avoid disturbing wildlife.
8) Wildlife Awareness
Know what animal could be encountered during your visit and know how to react if you encounter animals.
- Never approach wildlife or disturb its habitat.
- Bear sightings can be common in the spring and throughout the summer. “Be Bear Aware”.
- Massasauga Rattlesnakes are making their way to our region. If you accounted a rattlesnake in our trail, take a picture (if possible) and report it to a Kivi Park staff or volunteer.
9) Trail Etiquette
Follow these trail etiquette rules:
- Yield the trail to hikers going uphill.
- Keep noise levels down to preserve the natural ambiance.
- Stay on marked trails to minimize environmental impact.
10) Emergency Preparedness
Follow these emergency preparedness recommendations:
- Carry a fully charged cell phone for emergencies.
- Inform someone of your hiking plans and expected return time.
- Know the location of the nearest emergency facilities.
11) Ticks and Insects
Be aware of ticks, especially in grassy or wooded areas. Wear appropriate clothing and use insect repellent.
12) Seasonal Considerations
Be prepared for seasonal changes, such as snow and ice in winter or extreme heat in summer.
13) Time Management
Start your hike early enough to ensure you have enough daylight to complete your chosen trail.
14) Group Hiking
If hiking in a group, maintain communication and stay together. Have a designated leader and sweep.
15) Fitness Level
Assess your fitness level honestly and choose trails that match your capabilities.
16) Trail Closures or Alerts
Check for any trail closures or alerts on the Park Trails Page or at the main office before starting your hike. If a trail is closed, please obey trail closure signs.
17) Respect Local Regulations
Familiarize yourself with and obey any local regulations, including leash laws for pets.
18) Learn Basic First Aid
It's helpful to know basic first aid, such as treating minor injuries, sprains, or insect bites.
19) Enjoy Nature
Finally, remember to take in the beauty of Kivi Park and enjoy the natural surroundings while being a responsible hiker.
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