A Short List of Smart Things to take on your
This trail is BIG and you can cover a lot of ground on a few hours
on an ATV. More ground that you may be able to walk back.
You should never regret going for a ride.
With a little preparation you won't.
Here is our list of what you should not leave home without.
1: A GOOD Map. Study it, make sure you understand where
you are going.
How to recognize where you are in route and how long
you will be gone.
2: A compass. Even a cheap one will help. A good compass
and good map
and very basic knowledge can be a life
3: Storm and Survival Kit. Tacoma Mountain Rescue Unit makes
a GREAT kit, compact and complete for surviving the
building a fire, shelter and essentials. You
will be glad you spent
$20 on this when you need it.
4: First Aid Kit, make sure it had more than band-aids. Spend
Water . Take enough to survive at least a day. Camelback makes
great water carriers that are easy to
drink from even when wearing
a helmet and driving your ATV.
is the high desert and very dry.
If you are not use to it you will be
surprised at how much water you
6: A whistle. Wear it on a lanyard around your neck.
If you crash
out of obvious view a whistle will last
longer and carry further than your
voice. Three short blows for a
distress signal. And it doubles as
a way to get the attention of other riders
if your ATV has a wimpy horn.
7: 20 feet of tow rope. Being towed home beats
8: A flashlight. Lost + Dark + Broken ATV =
(insert expletive here)
9: Sunscreen? What, your helmet and all that gear protects
The trail goes about 11,000 feet in elevation.
If you think your
BBQ grill burns things quickly you haven't
seen a thing yet. Can
you say "Lobster"? This can relate
directly to your survival on
a long walk.
Smart things to do:
1: Tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to
2: NEVER ride alone.
3: Know what time the Sunsets. Make sure you time your ride.
4: If you are unfamiliar with the trail simply find someone on
an ATV and ask them where to ride.
Experienced riders love to
share. You'll have a great ride
and make new friends.
Things that make riding on a trail this large more fun:
1: A handheld GPS - makes finding your way much more fun and reliable.
Plus you can easily locate specific places
and things like Geocaches .
2: An FRS radio. These inexpensive and useful radios are
great for locating
other riders and getting help.
Check with other riders about what channels
they use or monitor. If you are
with a group they are invaluable. Ten
riders spaced out to keep from eating
each others dust can cover over a
mile of trail. Missing a turn is
easy. An FRS makes finding your lost friends
3: A Camera, any type. This trail is the ultimate Kodak
moment with enough
amazing scenery to make you think of
becoming a photo journalist.
4: Binoculars, did we mention the trail was BIG. Wildlife
doesn't seem to
understand that you expect the zoo experience.
If you want to see our
elusive Mountain Goats you will need
to study those snow drifts that seem
to last all summer (hint: that is not
5: Your cell phone. It will work much of the time.
You can call the office and
gloat about what a great time you are
having. Or you can call for help if
needed. Call your cellular provider
and give them our zip code: 84750 to
6: Extra Fuel. The trail is REALLY BIG and while there are
along the way there are so many things
to see it is a shame to miss them
because you had to make a beeline for