These hiking basics are perfect tips for planning out either solo or family hikes! One of the best parts of living in the PNW is the amount of hiking that is available within a short drive. Walking out in nature, admiring the cloud formations and enjoying a rushing river are all great reasons to get up, go out and do a little hiking. Planning and preparing for the hike will help hikers get the most out of any hiking experience. (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
The first thing to do is to decide on what kind of a hike to go on. Short hikes last only a few hours at the most and require the least amount of preparation. Day hikes last most, if not all, of the day. A camping hike may last a number of days and at least one night. Any length of a hike we go on I always pack with us a small first aid kit, sunscreen, and a good knife.
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Short Hikes Basics:
A short hike will need only enough preparation to make sure you know where you going. Most short hikes take place on park-maintained trails. Now, be sure to look for signs posted at trailheads with information about the length of the trail, any historical information, or geographic sites. I love to do short hikes spur of the moment, we have been known to pull over on road trips for a quick hike to stretch the legs. Be sure to carry a bottle of water to help stay hydrated and if desired a light snack for a little extra energy.
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Day Hikes Basics:
Longer day hikes deserve at least some forethought before attempting to do. Many trails that need almost a full day to hike are part of larger trail systems. A small number of supplies should be brought on day hikes. Water, snacks, or even a light meal should be brought along as well. Day hikes should be planned with the weather in mind. Make sure to check the local weather channel every day for a few days before the hike to assure nice weather conditions. The All Trails app is one of my favorite (Check it out -> here) as well as facebook groups for checking on trail conditions and routes.
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Seems this summer is the summer of firsts!! *First time hiking in Mount Rainer *First time at a lookout tour *First time seeing a black bear in the wild *First PNW hike in hail and thunder (Only one lightening) *First time I froze my butt in August 6 Miles and loved it can’t wait to go back on a clearer day the views were amazing still!! What PNW hikes are your favorite?? I want to hike more!
Camping Hikes Basics:
For camping hikes preparation and timing are key. These hikes will last a number of days and at least one night on the trail. Like day hikes, camping hikes will normally take place on a system of trails, so knowing the trail blazes is very important. Also, you will need to do research as to what is allowed on the trail or if there is burn bans in effect. Make sure to pack enough food and water to last for the entire trip, sleeping supplies, and at least one change of dry clean clothing.
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Another 1st to wrap the summerr up before school finally starts tomorrow! This has veen on my to do list a night time hike!! Lots of fun with a group of women! Can’t wait to go back and see the views in daylight! It was rough at parts with traction but I am not hurting to bad today! . . . . #capitalforest #hiking #weightwatchers #weightwatchersfreestyleeffect #weightlosstransformation #weightlossjourney #wwarmy #wwsisterhood #instafam #instafit #instamom #momlife #freestyleeffect #wwfreestyle #newyearnewme #weighwatchersinspiration #weightwatchersmafia #wwfreestyle #wwcommunity #wwfamily #wwsupport #fitbit #fitlife #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #fitmom #fitfam #fitandhealthy #wwseattle #garmin
Hiking is a great way to connect with nature, see some wildlife and relax. By taking steps to plan and prepare for the hike the experience will be more enjoyable. Whether it’s a short hike to see a beautiful waterfall or a three-day-long camping adventure, pack all the supplies needed. Plus when hiking with friends it can be a great work out and social activity!!
What are your hiking must haves?? What kind of hikes do you enjoy?