Today my husband and I ventured out for an off trail hike along the oak tree ridge. We hiked to the highest elevation and could not descend downward as we had planned because my feet, hands and nose were cold. I assumed the day would warm up but instead dark clouds rolled in and the air became colder. Autumn is a season when one day can be sunny and warm and the next day can be cold. Today I obviously was not prepared and did not dress properly as I was freezing.
If you plan on hiking on trail or off, never hike alone as it is not safe, hike with friends, or spend quality time with your family. If you are hiking at a state park, stop at the park ranger’s office to inquire about safe trails. It is always a good idea to check in with the park ranger especially if you are not familiar with the park. The ranger will note your time of arrival and will watch for your departure.