With so much nature around and gorgeous spring weather on the horizon, you may be thinking about donning the old hiking boots. If you’ve never spent much time on the trails before, these tips for novice hikers will help you get started. Put them to use at some of our favorite nearby day hikes, like Cedar Ridge Preserve or Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.
Get a Partner
Hiking alone can be a beautiful experience, but it’s good to have a friend along, especially if it’s your first time. Ask around and see if you can find an experienced hiker to join you. They’ll be happy to share their tips, and their presence will be reassuring in case your sense of direction gets a little jumbled on the trail.
Choose a Good Beginner Hike
There are lots of online resources to help you learn about trail length and difficulty, as well as hiking groups that can offer advice from experience. In this area, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a good place to start. It’s just 20 minutes away, and offers 3 miles of unpaved trail, enough for you to find your bearings.
Bring the Right Gear
Good footwear is essential for a comfortable hike. Your local outdoor equipment store will be able to help you select a pair of boots or trail running shoes that fit both your needs and your feet well. When hiking, it’s good to wear layers, including one for rain protection. Bring a light weight backpack with water and a few snacks to fuel you along the way.
Before you head out on your hike, make sure your car is ready to take you to the trail. Schedule a maintenance check at El Dorado Mazda in McKinney, Texas.