A planned or spontaneous day hike, what is your preference? Whether you are planning a day hike or just received a call from a friend to join them on a hike, you might want to consider the following tips to be prepared.
Do you enjoy hikes that take you higher than the clouds? Or do you freeze up and can’t move when you are close to an edge? Find photos of the hike and see if there are any drop-offs that might cause you not to complete the hike.
Slot canyons are a beautiful hike. However, if you do not like tight spaces this might not be a hike for you. Review the weather before going into a slot canyon as flash floods are a very bad thing.
A few years back, we planning a New Year’s Day hike on a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. We woke up to see snow at the top of the mountain that we were going to climb that day. The unexpected snow was not at the base or even halfway up the hike. It was just at the top. Fortunately for us, we had bennies to protect our head and ears. Sometimes the weather changes and you have to improvise.
Find out if you will need leather gloves for your hike. Does the hike have ropes or cables that would hurt your hands otherwise? Once we were hiking and the cables were so hot that I was grateful to have the gloves.
We enjoy hikes with bouldering. This is where you are climbing over large boulders to get to your destination. This can be fun if you have the correct shoes and your knees are in good shape for all the high steps.
Hunter enjoys water hikes. We put our day packs on a water tube. Then we walking in the water or sometimes swimming. These hikes are best when the water is warm.
Some hikes are a one way to a designation, as in this photo of the Wave Cave. Then you have to go back the same way. Find out the miles so that you don’t think you are going on a 2 miles hike when it is really 4 miles to get back to the car.
7 Tips for Choosing A Day Hike
If you were to go on a hike, which of the above tips would be most important to you?