My primary intent in this blog site is to share what I learn about places to take short hikes around Clark County or the nearby vicinity. I intend to explore trails on a regular basis, and then share my thoughts on the places I visit. This is for day hikes, not overnight backpacking trips. Some of these will be very short walks, and some will be all day adventures. When I can, I will associate trails together which can be combined for longer hikes or bike or horse riding trips.
I walk the trails, so most of my thoughts will be associated with hiking, but most of the trails are also good for bikes and horses. I will try to note when a trail is not appropriate for one.
Most trails are also open for dog walking, and many are popular with joggers. Some though, are not, so I will try to note that as well.
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A few thoughts to always keep in mind when walking the trails.
- Be considerate of neighbors. Many trails require parking on neighborhood streets, or walking past homes. Keep in mind that these neighbors might not appreciate someone blocking access to their gate, or tramping across their lawn. Be sure that you are parking in a safe and legal spot, and it’s always wise to not leave valuables in your vehicle wherever you park.
- Be aware that in natural areas there may be dangers. Cougars live in Clark County as do coyotes. While it is extremely rare for anyone to be attacked, there is the possibility, so be alert, and be prepared for how to properly respond if you confront what might be a dangerous animal. (This goes for stray dogs as well).
- If you take something in, take it out with you. The adage applies, “Take only pictures and leave only footprints.” A positive action would be to bring a small bag with you to remove a few pieces of litter along the way.
- Read and obey signs along the way. Some trails have areas closed for habitat restoration. Please allow these natural areas to recover successfully by staying out of marked areas. Some trails get closed for safety reasons, or close seasonally to limit disturbance to wildlife. In addition, if you are exploring an area and come to signs that say No Trespassing or Keep Out, please be respectful of the landowners and turn back.
- When hiking in natural resource lands as opposed to parks, you should familiarize yourself with the hunting seasons and be alert when you are in areas where and when hunting is allowed. It is important to not be mistaken for game, but also to be considerate of those who are patiently tracking game.
- It is possible in many areas that have good trails, especially areas that offer shelter (dense woods, bridges, etc) close in to urban centers, you will come across houseless people camping. They may have extensive camps with a lot of stuff scattered around, or they may just have a tarp or tent with everything contained. Please just recognize that they are human beings who appreciate their independence. Be considerate of them and their space as you would of any neighboring home owner.