What To Pack For A Colorado Hike

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Colorado Hiking and Weather

On any summer day in Colorado, the weather can go from eighty degrees and sunny to fifty degrees and pouring in about five minutes. The temperatures can climb to 100 degrees and sometimes it even snows in July! This reality can make it hard to decide what to pack for an outdoor adventure in the mountains. 

What To Bring For A Colorado Hike

1. The weather can change quickly throughout the day, so dress in layers. You may be comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt for most of the hike, but pants, a warm layer like a fleece, and a rain jacket are essential. They’re kind of dorky, but I like zip-off pants for the convenient shorts-and-pants combo. A warm hat and gloves can go a long way if a cold afternoon rainstorm rolls in. Clothing made of synthetic materials is more comfortable and will dry more quickly if it gets wet.

2. Make sure you have appropriate footwear. Although you sometimes see people hiking in the mountains wearing flip-flops or Crocs, a sturdy shoe with good tread is essential. Pair these with a pair of lightweight wool socks for a blister-free day.

3. Altitude and exertion are a recipe for dehydration. Carry (and drink!) plenty of water. Two liters should be sufficient. I prefer a hydration pack (like a Camelbak) so I can easily access my water while I’m hiking.

4. There’s nothing like a trail-side snack. Make sure you bring plenty to eat so you can stay full and happy throughout the day. I’m a big fan of cheese, crackers, fruit, and peanut butter and banana wraps.

5. Colorado blue-sky summer days are a recipe for sunburn. A sun hat, sunscreen, and lip balm are must-haves.

6. Plan for an emergency. It’s always a good idea to carry a map, a small flashlight or headlamp, and a first aid kit in case things don’t turn out quite as you planned. Don’t rely on having cell phone reception or access to the Internet. Make sure you tell someone where you are going before you head out for the day.

7. Finally, you’ll need a small backpack to carry everything in!

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Use GuideGap To Get The Most Out Of Your Colorado Hike

Planning a great day hike can be a lot of work. Fortunately, a personalized Adventure Trip Plan from a local guide takes the guesswork out of it so all you have to do is enjoy the day. GuideGap gives visitors to Colorado the confidence to explore the mountains by providing personalized recommendations. Need to know the best place to get all the stuff on the list (or the yummiest sandwich around)? Local guides can point you in the direction of the best shops and restaurants around. Now pack up that pack and get hiking!

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About The Author:  Shaina

Shaina Maytum is a writer, educator, and adventurer living on Colorado’s Front Range. She loves exploring the wilderness of the American West, but never forgets that these special places need protecting. Shaina strives – through writing, education, and advocacy – to make sure future generations of humans and animals will also be able to sleep under silent, starry skies. Read more of her work at shainamaytum.com

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