Hike in a group where possible. It is a good idea to always have at least one other person with you if you are going on low-traffic trails. This may not always be possible for a number of reasons so if hiking solo, be prepared with navigation tools, medical supplies, shelter etc.
There are massive benefits to hiking in a group. Some of these include:
- Learning from more experienced hikers or pass on your knowledge to others sharing your hike.
- Distributing loads across the group, particularly on day and multi-day hikes
- Social benefits. Humans are social creatures.
- Assistance in case of injury