Being safe means being prepared. Follow these tips to ensure a safe experience on the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1.


Think about how long the excursion should be. When hiking, multiply that number by 1.5 to get a good mileage estimate. When biking, know the average speed cycling. If the trip requires a schedule, take the fitness time and double it to ensure that the destination will be reached on time.

Think about what type of hike or ride to take. Generally, plan on traveling fewer miles if the goal is a nature hike/ride to examine local flora and fauna. Factor in breaks – you need time to enjoy the views, stop and chat with friendly users, view your map, take photos, eat, rest and find restrooms.

A good rule of thumb is to plan on fewer miles than anticipated being able to cover.



  • Call 911 for medical emergencies or law enforcement.
  • Provide your name, location, and approximate distance of the nearest town and road.


Tell Others Your Plans

  • Let someone know where you will be and when you will return.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with a friend on long-distance hikes/rides.
  • Establish check in procedures with a friend when on long-distance hikes/rides.
  • Give a friend your trail name and details about your gear in case someone needs to find you.


Be Prepared

  • Carry current trail maps and know how to use them, your cell phone may not work in rural areas or your battery may die.
  • Maintain awareness at all times, and remember you are responsible for your own safety.