Hiking How To
Have you ever wondered how to ford a river, read the clouds or hike with trekking poles? If so, check out our hiking how to resources! These instructional articles will help you plan a safe and fun day on trail.
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No matter how modest or ambitious your hiking goals, a good plan is the key to helping you achieve them. Want to try hiking with your toddler? Explore a favorite trail in the snowy shoulder season? Spend 10 percent of your year sleeping under the stars? A great plan is the first step.
By connecting existing trails or forest roads, you can create a one-of-kind loops that are perfect for you.
These tips can help sleuth out current trail conditions when recent trip reports can't be found.
Pre-packing your hiking gear allows you to get out the door on time with all of the essentials you need.
Consider how others are going to be able to get around your parked vehicle before you head off on trail.
Safety & Trail Smarts
One of the easiest ways to protect the trails and natural places you love is leave those places untouched by your visit. Whether you're close to home or deep in the backcountry, practice the following seven guidelines to reduce your impact.
When the summer hiking season turns hot or dry, staying adequately hydrated on trail can be a challenge.
Tips and guidelines for staying safe from the hazardous of falling trees and branches.
Tips for planning a rainy-day hike and staying safe (and dry) while you're on the trail.
Measure distances on trail is a small but handy skill that can help you care for the land while you hike.
You can't control the environment, but there are ways to become more sure-footed when you hike.
Your hiking pace will help you estimate the miles you can expect to cover in your desired time frame.
Crossing streams or rivers can seem intimidating, but these tips will help make your next crossing a safe one.
Learn about clouds you’re likely to see while hiking, and what they can tell you about conditions.
Sore feet are one of the top complaints of hikers and backpackers. If you’ve ever experienced pain, pressure or blisters after a walk in the woods, consider trying out one of these alternative lacing methods.
Poles can be a valuable addition to your hiking gear. Here's why — and some advice on how to use them
These tips will help you keep your gear and clothing dry so you can hike in comfort year-round.
A comfortable pack can make all the difference in how much you enjoy your time on trail.
A well-stocked first aid kit is one of the Ten Essentials you should always take on a hike.
Once you get your layering system down, you'll be ready for (nearly) anything.
One of the best things about hiking is that it doesn't take a lot of money or specialized gear.
Backpacking and Camping
If you have to set up camp at the end of a day on trail, do you know what you're looking for? How well do you know your Leave No Trace principles? These tips can help you identify the perfect place to pitch your tent.
To reduce unwanted bear-human interactions, you need to keep human food away from wildlife.
Learn how to prevent wildfires, manage your campfire, and how to check the status of current wildfires.
Because coffee tastes even better when enjoyed from a cozy camp or first-rate alpine view.
Winter’s lack of daylight does provide one fun opportunity: the chance to enjoy great views of the night sky.