How To Get The Most Out Of Your Summer Hikes
Walking among the fresh air, the smell of trees, trickling streams — hiking is one of the best parts of camping. If you have found places to camp this summer that also have hiking trails, be sure to take advantage of this activity. Many of our parks have wonderful and exciting places to discover and explore so be sure to check out our Find a Park page and make your reservation soon. However, before you hit the trail, read these hiking tips for a more enjoyable and safe experience.
- Know Your Hiking Level: Before you vow to scale a small mountain, be realistic about your ability. Taking a risk on a difficult hike when you are just starting out will leave you exhausted and out of breath. You want the hike to be enjoyable, so choose a challenging, yet doable trail.
- Respect Nature: Remember that you are a guest while hiking, so be sure to stick to the trail. Even if you are staying on a more developed campground, the camping and hiking experience is all about living amongst nature. Leave plants and animals be. They are there for you to enjoy, not bother or take with you.
- Bring A Hiking Buddy: Having someone else with you while you are on trail is better for safety and makes the hike more fun. If you are in need of a tranquil solo hike, be sure to tell someone else where you are going and the route you are taking. This communication is essential in the event of an emergency.
- Bring Food And Water: Nothing is worse than overestimating the length of your hike and ending up hungry or dehydrated. Prevent this slump by having plenty of snacks and a large water bottle in your backpack. This is especially important if you are hiking with children.
- Wear The Right Clothes: Different campgrounds you head to may have different climates, so always take this into account when planning out your hike. The best way to maintain a healthy body temperature is to start by wearing your lightest layer and add layers if you get cold. It is also smart to invest in a light rain jacket to keep in your bag.
In a recent industry survey, 47% of adult campers said that their biggest motivator for camping was the joy of camping itself. Many people may say the same about hiking. It is a great way to enjoy nature and connect with your family. When done safely, it can be one of the highlights of the trip.