SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - As the weather warms, hiking on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield picks up. But after a scary fall and extensive rescue Saturday afternoon, hikers are reminded of the dangers.
"On the trail there are definitely a couple trails that are drop offs but I wouldn't consider them dangerous unless you ventured close to the edge or it was icy and we've been up there when it's icy," said Deb McCulloch of Sunderland.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation offers a few things to keep in mind when hiking.
It's recommended you get a park map before you hit the trail and it's important you know where you are at all times.
If you're venturing out alone, tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back. And try and stay where others are around.
"It's a fun place to meet people and hike. If you come here, even in the dead of winter there's people hiking on the mountain so often there's a lot of people here. So even if you go alone there are a lot of other people around," said Julie Pallant of Sunderland.
Bring water, a snack, first aid kit, and compass. And if you are unsure of which trail to take, turn around and backtrack rather than becoming lost. And do not attempt a trip that is beyond your physical capabilities.