Hiking in transitional weather, especially fall’s changeable weather, can be really tricky. However, it remains the favourite season to hike for many hikers. The landscape is beautiful, and trails are usually left to late season hikers. You want to remain comfortable and safe as you hike, so you can have the best time. This guide is going to give you some tips for hiking in this weather, so you can make sure you know exactly what to do and have everything you could possibly need:
Make A Plan
All good hiking trips start with a plan, especially during transitional weather. You should plan your route, as well as planning for less daylight. If you’re going on a long hike, you’ll need to have a good idea of how long your hike will be, so you don’t get caught out in the dark. Checking the weather before you leave is a good idea too.
Whether you’re hiking with others or alone, you should let somebody know where you’re going, to be safe. Some trails may have snow. Hiking with a companion at this time of year is recommended, if you can.
Packing The Things You Need
During fall, the weather can be warm in the morning but can get much colder in the afternoon.
Taking an insulation jacket will keep you warm, dry and protected from the wind. You should also take gloves and a hat. These items will help when you stop for a break. You should also make sure you pack something warm to drink and some snacks. Tea, coffee, or hot chocolate can warm you up from the inside if it’s going to be very cold.
While you’re on the trail, it’s a good idea to wear less layers to warm up from the hike as you start, and then put your layers on when you need them.
Taking a headlamp or a flashlight with working batteries is also a good idea. Even if you’ve planned for less daylight, you never know when this might come in handy. A few other things that can come in handy include a compass, matches, sun protection, a first aid kit, and a pocket knife. If the weather is unpredictable, it’s a good idea to take some shelter, even if you’re just hiking for the day. Taking these things with you could save your life if the conditions take a turn for the worse!
Be Mindful Of Hunters
Hunters are usually out in full force at this time of year. Investing in a bright vest or jacket so you can easily be seen in all conditions will ensure you don’t get hurt. If you do hear gun shots, make sure you can judge the distance and make your presence known.
Know When To Turn Back
It’s always smart to know when it’s the right time to turn back. Of course you want to continue to your destination, but if snow is falling and the trail is becoming difficult to follow, carrying on could get you in trouble. Use your common sense for this. It isn’t worth getting lost in a white out. Trust your gut!