Make this the best hiking season you’ve had.. ever!

There’s still so much time left before it the trails get icy and wet, so here are some tips to get you going safely and comfortably through your journeys through New York’s hiking trails.

  1. Layer Up! Layering clothes is the key to comfort. Wear a sweat-wicking base layer, then a medium-weight fleece layer, and top it all off with a windproof jacket. Even during fall, that wind chill will really get to you, especially at those higher elevations!
  2. Cover Up. Your head, hands, and feet (your extremities) get colder faster so make sure your always wear thick gloves, socks, a scarf, and hat!
  3. Shoes: Wear comfortable, waterproof sneakers, hiking boots, or cross-training shoes. Try them on and test them before you head out onto the trails. The thicker the shoe, the safer your toes will be from any rocky terrain, especially when climbing is involved.
  4. Lights. Carry a flashlight around with you! Since the days are only getting shorter and shorter, don’t forget to come prepared with a headlamp or flashlight. At least one per person.
  5. Sunglasses. The sun is still bright! Protect your precious eyeballs.
  6. Be seen. Reflective gear is the way to go. You want to be easily seen, especially as the hours go by.
  7. Pack nourishment. Energy gel packs and convenient snacks are always available at any nutrition store or supermarket. Pick some up along with lots of water.
  8. Explore with friends! There’s safety in numbers, and it’s so much more fun 🙂