“Hiking, for many of us, offers the ultimate escape. But the global pandemic we find ourselves in is hard to dodge. From the headlines to the lines at the trailhead, COVID-19 is never far away.

As we work to flatten the curve, inevitably our eyes will scan the horizons; our feet will itch to feel the hug of nubuck and Gore-Tex. We’ll begin to hit the road again. Some of us already have.

What follows is an attempt at providing a set of guidelines to help you do that safely. I want to be clear: Local rules and regulations trump anything you’ll find here. But if you’ve cleared those hurdles, the toolkit below ought to help you plan ahead, and stay safe…”

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