An old Indian in Alaska told me a way to help you find your way back when hiking in unknow territory (or known for that matter).
Stop every now and then, especially in turns during your hiking. Turn around and look at where you have come from...pick out things in your mind that may help you navigate when your are trying to make it back to your beginnings. I have been doing this for over 40 years, a sidelight of this form of hiking is you will be amazed how many times when your turn around a deer or elk will be crossing the path you just were on. Safe fishing. Jonezee