Hiking 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

Hiking 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

Are you ready to lace up your boots and hit the trails? Hiking is a fun and exciting way to get outside, stay active, and explore the natural beauty of the world around us. But if you’re new to hiking, knowing where to start can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with this friendly beginner’s guide to hiking.  

First things first… choosing the right trail is key. Start with shorter, easier hikes matching your fitness level and experience, and work up to more challenging terrain as you build your skills and endurance. My favorite trail finder is AllTrails+ as it helps me discover trails near me and keeps me on route. 

Once you’ve chosen your trail, make sure you dress appropriately in comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing and sturdy, supportive footwear. And socks that cover the heel is key! Dress in layers so you can adjust your clothing as needed based on the weather and your level of exertion. 

Next, don’t forget to pack the essentials! Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen, as well as a map, compass, and first aid kit. It’s always a good idea to bring a flashlight or headlamp and a fully charged cell phone in case of emergencies. Check out my favorite day-pack! 

When you’re out on the trail, remember to follow trail etiquette. Stay on designated trails, respect wildlife and other hikers, and pack out all trash and litter. Leave no trace and help preserve the natural beauty of the wilderness for future generations.

And most importantly, enjoy the journey! Hiking is about more than just reaching the summit. Take time to appreciate the scenery, listen to the sounds of nature, and be present in the moment.
Our latest Hike.Live.Explore. Adventure in the White Mountains.

Whether you’re hiking alone or with friends and family, it’s an excellent opportunity to unplug, recharge, and connect with the world around you. So what are you waiting for?

Grab your gear, choose a trail, and hit the trails today! With a bit of preparation and a sense of adventure, hiking can be a fun and life-changing experience that you’ll look forward to time and time again.

See ya on the trails! 

Jill Allen
Wife & Mom of 5
Founder of Hike.Live.Explore.
Author of Set Fire
Host of Find Your Fierce Podcast

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Jill Allen is a leading Fitness & Mindset Coach. As a wife, a mom to 5, and a multiple business-owner, she is always practicing what she preaches and teaches by making personal growth a priority in her life. She loves teaching clients her secrets and her mindset system that has propelled her to massive success - and nothing fulfills her more than watching her clients achieve the same massive results by removing mindset blocks.

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