Before heading out…
Know Where to Go: Use a map to plan your activity and stay oriented while on the trails. Smart devices are making this easier, so don’t hesitate to bring one along. Let someone know where you’re headed and when you expect to be back.
Whither the Weather: Take a look at the weather forecast to prepare for your outing (or reschedule to a nice day)… but remember, the weather in Maine changes often, so a raincoat, sunscreen, and warm layers are always a good idea!
Pace Yourself: Know what your limits are and plan to hike trails that are within them. The SNAC trails are rated easy, moderate, and strenuous, so you can increase the challenge as you improve your endurance on trails.
Snack Attack: Bring along a small snack in case you get hungry or feel a drop in energy while exercising.
Think about Drinks: It’s a good idea to drink water or hydrating fluids during the day, especially when you’re active. Bring along a water bottle or hydration backpack on the trail.
Learn the 7 Leave No Trace Principles: Plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate of other visitors.
Share the Trail: Some of the trails in the Second Nature Adventure Challenge are maintained for multiple types of use — hikers should not be surprised to meet others on motorized vehicles, horses, or skis.