Wilson's Creek Hiking Hazards
Wilson's Creek is a wild and wonderful place. We love for people to visit this wilderness area. But come prepared for your adventure. We do not want your hike to turn into our Search and Rescue Mission (SAR).
Most trails are long, winding, steep, and wonder-filled.
- Always bring several layers of clothing. When it's in the 80s at the base of a mountain the temperature up top, where it's several thousand feet higher, will be lower. On rare occasions, it can even snow. The temperature can drop down to below 50 degrees at night. (At times, even in the 30s.) If you start out in a t-shirt, toss a long-sleeved shirt, a fleece and spare socks in a daypack or a hip pack. Lightweight rain gear is handy if it starts pouring.
- Wear shoes with a good grip, because most trails are a mix of rock and dirt. Over-the-ankle hiking boots may help save you from twisted ankles on rough trails, where shale or rocks stud the dirt to keep the paths from eroding.
- Several people I know who have knee problems use walking sticks. You can get lightweight ones at many sporting goods stores.
- Bring a small first aid kit, a flashlight, a compass and a map. Sounds low-tech, but there are places in the wilderness where you can't get a cell signal and the GPS or other apps on your Smartphone won't be available to you.
- Bring Food and Water. You can get dehydrated faster at higher altitudes, so bring lots of water. Don't forget energy bars or other food that gives you the power to keep hiking. Some people come into to this area just to stay a few hours, but end up spending a day with little or no food, so bring extra.
- Watch Out for Wild Animals. You are on their turf, so don't be surprised if you see copperhead, rattlesnakes, deer, or even a bear in this area. Do not run, back away from danger.