7 Tips for Winter Hiking

For those who truly love the outdoors, there’s no season that’s off limits for exploration. While we know that in winter it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get outside, there are so many numerous benefits to the outdoors that we recommend getting outside anyways. One of the easiest ways to do so is by going on a hike.

Here are a few of our top tips to keep you safe & make sure the experience is an enjoyable one –

Wear insulated clothing:

One of the most important things to do when hiking in colder weather is to regulate your body temperature. The best way to do this is by dressing in layers beginning with a moisture-wicking base layer, add on insulating mid-layers, and then water and windproof outer layers. Don’t forget the warm socks, gloves, hat, and a neck covering to protect your extremities from any weather

Insulated Footwear:

If you plan to hike in the cold weather at any point you want to invest in insulated and waterproof boots designed specifically for winter conditions. Be sure they also have great traction to prevent any potential slips on icy or snowy trails. Consider wearing a layer over the tops of your boots to keep snow out of your shoes.

Extra Gear:

From traction devices to trekking poles, extra gear for the winter can be helpful in navigating potentially more difficult terrain. Snowshoes are also a great option if you plan to be out in deeper snow while enjoying your hike.

Navigation Tools:

This items should make it into your hiking pack no matter what time of year you’re headed out. Be sure you’ve got a compass, map, and gps device to help keep you on the proper trail and to help you navigate. Don’t forget the extra battery pack to keep things charged up for the entire trip!


Winter conditions can be more unpredictable than spring or summer months so be sure that you’ve got everything that you might need including a headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries, extra food and water, an emergency shelter (space blankets are a good option), and first-aid supplies, as well as fire-starting equipment.

Sun Protection

While it might seem surprising to some, the sun’s rays can be more intense in the winter, especially if they’re reflecting off a snowy service. Be sure that you pack sunscreen for reapplication, sunglasses, and lip balm with SPF protection as well.

Insulated Water Bottles

Use insulated water bottles to prevent liquids for your hike from freezing. You should also carry a thermos with warm beverages to help keep you hydrated and provide a comforting boost of warmth in cold temperatures.

Depending on the terrain or conditions of the area you’re hiking you may want to consider additional supplies. Make safety your first priority by ensuring you stay on designated trails, check the weather forecast before heading out, plan your trip based on the weather, and notify someone about your plans. Hiking in the winter can be challenging so be prepared, exercise caution, and adjust your plans if conditions are too hazardous.

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