AmeriCorps: Trail Preparedness

by Sara Huetteman, Huron Pines AmeriCorps

Huron Pines AmeriCorps member Sara surveying the trails at Averill Preserve.Before hitting the trails, I always check the weather, time of sunset and any trail maps available online, especially if I am going somewhere new. Leaving the house, I want to be ready for the weather and with shoes ideal for the terrain. This winter, I utilized ice cleats, such as YakTrax, with the icy trail conditions.

I bring a backpack to all my outdoor adventures, to make sure I am prepared. In my backpack, I bring a liter of water, band aids, eye drops, a bandana, pocket knife or multi-tool, ibuprofen, lighter, flashlight, bug spray/sunscreen and snacks. For fun, I’ll bring a Nature guide book and a camera or binoculars.

Hiking trips on Little Forks Preserves can vary from 1 mile to 4+ miles. Coming prepared for a 1 mile hike and 5 mile hike can be very different. Clearly marking trails and providing helpful maps can ensure you don’t set out for a 1 mile hike and end up walking 5 miles.

This spring we are working on maps with trail distances noted so you can plan how long you wish to be out enjoying nature. Keep an eye out for more exciting trail improvements this summer!

Sara is serving through the Huron Pines AmeriCorps program, supported in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Michigan Community Service Commission, Huron Pines and contributions from host sites. Huron Pines is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit

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