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Hiking 101

Hikers have many reasons for exploring the wilderness. For some, it's a way to escape the stresses of modern life and reconnect with nature. For others, its a favorite way to stay in shape or connect with family. For many, it's a combination of all of these things, and for all it's a favorite way to spend a day off.

If you're ready to discover the joys of hiking for yourself, these pages will help guide you through finding your first hikes, buying and bringing the right gear, staying safe and having good back-country manners. See you on the trail!

Ancient Lakes by Breanna Singleton.jpgPart 1: Choosing the Right Hike

How to build fitness, confidence and experience without getting injured or burning out.

Mount Challenger by Buff Black.jpgPart 2: Selecting Clothes and Gear

What you need, what you don't and a couple things you might want to bring along.

Libby Lake by Raechel Youngberg.jpgPart 3: Hiking Etiquette, Safety and Permits

Some keys to staying safe on the trail, plus a guide to hiking etiquette and what passes you need.