How to Safely Cross Streams in Winter

How to Safely Cross Streams in Winter

Winter stream crossings can be dangerous if you slip off a rock or fall through an ice shelf and get your boots and clothing wet. However, you can often cross safely with a little extra planning or by bushwhacking along the bank to a safer crossing. But the most dangerous course of action is following trail blazes across a river in winter without stopping to consider whether there are safer alternatives.

By Phillip Werner, Section Hiker


When planning your winter hikes refer to your Pocket Pals Trail Maps to learn if you will need to plan for a stream/creek crossing.

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