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Tips for hikers hitting the trails

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

 While many of you are firing up your grills others are taking advantage of our local trails with a relaxing day hike. You probably remember when around 40 hikers were rescued on Pine Mountain in early March. Many hikers say this is not deterring them from taking advantage of their day off and enjoying the great outdoors.

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LETCHER Co., Ky. (WYMT) - While many of you are firing up your grills others are taking advantage of our local trails with a relaxing day hike.

You probably remember when around 40 hikers were rescued on Pine Mountain in early March.

Many hikers say this is not deterring them from taking advantage of their day off and enjoying the great outdoors.

Bad Branch Falls not only attracts those with experience.

James Stapleton is an environmental specialist.

He says he has hiked Bad Branch Falls maybe 10 or 15 times.

Jamal Edwards says this is his first time hiking.

"I'm not much of a hiker myself. It's going to be really neat just to experience something new that I wouldn't do on an average day," says Edwards.

Hikers like James Stapleton say the Bad Branch Nature Preserve is an unique area.

"That's why most folks come here. It's just a great place to get a weekend hike or a day hike. There's about five miles of trails and it goes up to the crest of the Pine Mountain which joins the Pine Mountain Trail," says Stapleton.

Stapleton says incidents like the one in early March are the exception, not the rule.

Pine Mountain Rescue officials are encouraging you to follow general rules.

Paul Miles is the emergency management director.

Miles says tips like these will ensure your safety.

"Let a lot of people know. Let anybody you know, let them know what area you're going to be in," said Miles.

"If you are going to Bad Branch and you change your mind and you go to Pine Mountain you need to let people know the change of plans. Let them know what's going on, where you 're going to be at and what time your expected to be back," said Miles.

Miles says you should never begin your hike too late in the evening, always carry plenty of drinking water and bring your cell phone.

"If you can have a cell phone with you. A lot of times when you get lost we ping can that cell phone number and try to get an exact location," said Miles.

If you do get lost on the trails Miles says stay put and do not move.

This makes it less difficult for rescuers.


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