20 tips for safe hiking before you hit the trails this winter

Just because winter is here doesn’t mean hiking season is over.

With the right gear and preparation, you can keep hiking through the snow and ice. The chilly temperatures might be challenging, but the blanket of snow makes everything simply beautiful.

Snowy and icy conditions are more difficult than summer hiking since you slide around. Pick an easier trail than normal seeing as winter hikes often take longer than summer ones.

Know how cold it’s going to be and if it’s going to snow, and dress accordingly. Don’t forget to check the wind as well — wind chill is no joke.

Carry a first aid kit just in case. A foil emergency blanket is also great and folds up super small in your backpack.

There’s safety in numbers, so going with a group is always a good idea. Plus, breaking trail through the snow is hard work. When you hike in a group, you can take turns going first.

Here are some tips for making sure your winter hike is safe, warm, and fun…


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