As summer winds down and fall is in the air, there’s no better place to be than on the trails. Whether you want an easy hike through the falling leaves or need to see the world from atop a mountain, hiking can take you to sights that you can’t find just anywhere. Here are some fun tips for you next trek into the wild.
- Be prepared for weather. – Just because you’re by the water in California doesn’t mean it won’t rain like you’re hiking in the Rockies! Always remember to bring a rain jacket, windbreaker, good shoes and other appropriate gear to stay dry and warm, no matter the conditions. If want to geocache with your GPS or track your hike with an pedometer, check to see how your gadgets hold up in different weather, especially in rain and snow, before going. Hear are some great ways to keep your gadgets dry!
- Get comfortable. – Hiking can be a lot of fun, as long as you know what you are doing first. Make sure you feel comfortable with your route, pack weight and gear well before you hit the trail, as you don’t want to make hiking a chore rather than fun. Know your limits, too: Novices shouldn’t be scaling Mount Rainier and advanced hikers don’t need to be trekking on paved roads all day. Find a trail that suits your skill level, bring a friend, grab some sturdy gear and enjoy.
- Don’t rush it! – You know the old adage, “It’s the journey, not the destination?” In hiking, it’s both! If you see mountain lions brawling, take a picture (from afar!). If you like the fall foliage, find a nice rock and admire the scenery. If you are tired, take a load off, hydrate and enjoy a little rest under a shady pine tree. It’s much more fun then speed-hiking and missing the nature around you.