Five Challenging State Hikes Ending with Great Views
By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on May 21, 2022
- Leave No Trace.
- Stay on the designated trail.
- Give yourself plenty of time. Consider the trail distance, elevation gain and terrain when planning a hike. The last thing you want to do is rush yourself and miss a sunset.
- If you’ve never hiked on a steep trail before, consider acclimating yourself on easier trails for a couple of weeks to get your legs and lungs in shape.
- Wear good hiking boots or trail shoes and make sure they are broken in before you start a hike. To prevent blisters, wear hiking socks that wick away moisture.
- Pack essentials, such as water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, a jacket and a first aid kit, but keep your pack light to avoid putting too much weight on your shoulders and back.
- Bring plenty of water and snacks to rehydrate and refuel.
- Bring a camera to capture memories along the way, but consider taking a single lens to reduce pack weight or opt to use your cellphone.
- Download a trail map and save it on your phone or get a physical copy at the park headquarters before starting your hike.
- On steep trails, use a hiking stick or trekking poles to help keep your balance.
- Hike with a companion or tell someone where you will be hiking and when you plan to return.
- Bring a cellphone in case of an emergency, but leave it in your bag so you can enjoy the hike screen free.