• RECOMMENDED COVID PRECAUTIONS PER CDC GUIDANCE:
    • DO NOT HIKE if you are experiencing fever or flu-like symptoms; wait until your fever or symptoms have resolved.
    • If you have tested POSITIVE for COVID, or any other infectious disease, please follow CDC guidelines.
    • We encourage any Westerner who has had an exposure to a COVID-infected person, or is having symptoms, to strongly consider COVID testing.
    • HIKING RULES:
      • Each hike season, every hiker must have executed a Release of Liability form before departing on any hike.
      • Each hiker must sign the club register before departing from the trail head on a hike.
      • Photos and GPS tracking are allowed on SW hikes; however, publishing photos, maps, tracks, or coordinates, or identifying sensitive areas such as ruin sites and rock art, is strictly prohibited. This restriction includes print media and internet web sites. Set GPS tracking and trail mapping app to private, not public.
      • All hikers must wear lug-soled hiking boots.
      • Each hiker must have sufficient water. (At least 2 quarts and up to a gallon on hot, dry days)
      • On the trail, hikers must stay between the Leader and the Tailgater at all times.
      • Notify the Leader immediately of illness or injury.
      • All hikers are expected to complete hikes. In the case of illness or injury, a hiker may leave the hike with the consent of the Leader if accompanied by two people, at least one of whom knows the trail.
      • Practice "Leave no Trace" --- pack out what you pack in, including toilet tissue!
      • Hikers must respect archeological ruins. Leave things as you found them! Some specific guidelines can be found here.
      • Hikers are not allowed to bring pets on hikes.
      • Hikers should bring lunch and a snack for all hikes.
      • Wearing a hat, carrying a pair of gloves, and hiking poles are recommended but not required. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended.
      • Silence cell phones and refrain from using them while hiking except for taking photos. In case of an emergency, use phones only with the leader’s consent.