Fall is only a few weeks away, and that means it’s just a matter of time before rain becomes a part of our daily lives. If hiking happens to be your favorite pastime, you’ll be tempted to do it as soon as it stops raining outside, but here are a few things you should take into consideration before hiking on a rainy day.
Check the Forecast
If you’re considering embarking on a hike after a rainy day, make sure to check the weather forecast beforehand. Don’t rush things because it will take some time for the trails to properly dry up, and consider staying at home if the forecast suggests that it’s going to rain again.
If you decide to embark on a post-rain hike, don’t treat it as any regular hiking adventure. It’s extremely important to stay cautious and watch your step because the ground can be slippery even days after it stopped raining.
It’s more important than ever to choose your trail wisely during rainy days. The trails with exposed ridge walk, creek, or river crossings, and slick rocks are best avoided and you should go with the least demanding trails, suitable to current weather conditions.