It can be a scary thing, facing a wall of woods and no sign of the trail you thought you were following. The first thing you need, of course, is a little common sense and the ability to not panic. Then use your compass or GPS you can orient yourself, and if you know which direction will take you back to the trail or road, you take a bearing and follow it. With the addition of a quality topographic map you can locate yourself and plot the safest/shortest course back to civilization. Here are three suggestions.