Before you go hiking, read these tips from JoCo Search & Rescue

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. —If you’re venturing out for a hike, Josephine County Search and Rescue wants you to be safe. During the spring, the team typically sees an increase in calls for people lost out on hiking trails.

Josephine County Search and Rescue Deputy Maria Valdez says the most important steps to ensure a safe hike, happen before you leave your home. She says you need to educate yourself about the trail, be honest about your experience level, and don’t hesitate to turn back if needed.

Keep supplies like water, food, snacks, and a fully charged phone on you.

“Have an emergency plan, talk it through with your hiking partner, just be prepared, be responsible for your own safety so that we can help you come back safely,” said Deputy Valdez.

Deputy Valdez recommends never hiking alone. If you do go by yourself, let someone know your plans before you head out on your adventure, and tell them what time you will be back.

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Jenna King is the 6pm and 11pm anchor for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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