You've got two feet and some shoes, what else do you need to go hiking? Sometimes, that's all you need, but usually you need at least a few more things to explore Arizona by boot. Here's a list of basic equipment that you may need to go hiking. Remember that the best equipment you have is your brain, tell people where you're going, when you think you'll be back and don't do anything stupid.
- Your brain (be smart, don't do stupid stuff - this will get you out of most circumstances)
- A good pair of hiking boots / shoes
- Proper clothing (protection from the sun and warm as needed)
- A friend (especially on long hikes)
- Cell phone
- Water and extra food (energy bars)
- Sunscreen / insect repellant
- Personal ID and emergency bracelet (if needed)
- FRS radio
- Maps of the area
- GPS (or compass if you're old school, but you need to make sure you know how to use it)
- First aid kit
- Toilet paper and Ziplock baggies (leave no trace)
Oh, and make sure you know your limitations. Don't get in over your head. Don't take on trails that may be out of your league.
Whatever you do, have fun and be safe!
There's no better way to spend a day hiking in Arizona's wild beauty. Before you do, please check the trail rating of the trail you're taking and then the hiking trail rating guide to ensure you're up to the challenge. You don't want to ruin your adventure by taking on more than you're able. Click on the link below for the hiking trail rating guide.
What does 4 out of 5 stars mean? And what's the deal with the fear rating? Click on the link below to check out all there is to know about the Experience Arizona rating system.