Five Tips for Hiking in the Rocky Mountains

Five Tips for Hiking in the Rocky Mountains

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We went to Buena Vista for Labor Day weekend with some friends and it was a wonderful adventure! One of the things we knew we wanted to do while we were there was get in some fun hiking! I grew up hiking – itโ€™s in my blood! It is one of my favorite workout activities because you get beautiful scenery the whole time and most days I even forget I am working out (except for those steep inclines! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Iโ€™ve been so many times but it is good to be reminded of the important things to consider when planning a hike!

Here are my five tips:

BRING LAYERS
Colorado can go from hot to cold in one minute! Make sure that you are prepared for the season with several layers. It gets warm while you are adventuring around because your body is working hard but rain may just be around the corner and can cool things down drastically!

KNOW THE WEATHER
Along with bringing layers, know what the weather plans are. Weather changes in an instant here in Colorado. You do not want to be caught at the top of the mountain in a thunderstorm. If you are hiking a mountain, plan to reach the summit and be on your way down by noon to avoid the typical afternoon storms. A quick weather check will help you figure out what to pack, what trail to take, and how long to be gone.

HYDRATE
Water is always so important! Not only are you being active (and sweating) but you may also be at a much higher elevation than you are used to! Even when I go hiking in Buena Vista we are at a higher elevation than I live at and it is even more important to be drinking tons of water to avoid altitude sickness!

PLAN THE HIKE
You donโ€™t need to know everything, but be sure to know some things! Try to make sure you have a map of the trails and know approximately how long the trail you want to take is. There is nothing worse than going on a trail without knowing where it is going, how long it is, and getting stuck miles out in terrible weather. Knowing where you are going and ways to get back is the safest plan! There will still be so many new things to discover on the trials while you hike but be safe about it!

FEEL GREAT
Hiking & adventuring are such a blast but sometimes you find yourself going from trails to dinner and you donโ€™t want to feel gross doing that. The AO+ Mist from Mother Dirt is the perfect way to combat after hike sweatiness! I love Mother Dirt products because they restore and maintain good bacteria on your skin. These days we focus so much on being squeaky clean and germ -free but we donโ€™t think about the healthy bacteria we are stripping off our skin too.

We have all we need to be perfectly clean but our skin still isnโ€™t perfect. Bacteria is a natural part of the human ecosystem and our bodies actually function better with it. I love these products and have noticed smoother skin, better hydration (without putting on lotion all the time), and even less body odor (even when I didnโ€™t reapply my deodorant after hiking!) I brought the Mother Dirt Cleanser, Shampoo, and AO+ Mist on our trip to Buena Vista as Iโ€™ve been working them into my normal routine. I felt clean & fresh even though we were out and hiking around all weekend.

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Author: Oak & Oats

  • Yes to layers! Just having the flexibility and option makes a hike so much more enjoyable. There’s nothing worse than being midway through a hike and the weather suddenly getting cold while you have nothing with you to help keep you warm!

    • Oak & Oats

      All the layers!

  • Amy Desrosiers

    When we hike, we typically bring a back pack, water, and snacks. Next time I need to bring bandages since my kids kept falling.

    • Oak & Oats

      I love that! Oh yes, good tip! Also just in case anyone gets a blister!

  • I seriously have loved all your Buena Vista mentions/posts, since I can finally be like “I know where she’s talking about! I’ve been there!” haha. Such good tips!! And this is like the fun kid-free version of my post for tomorrow, hiking with a baby! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! Yes, it is a blast! hahah. I love that your post is filled with all the kiddos!

  • JW

    Pro tip #1: Wear different shoes in the car than on your hike. Whatever you choose, they’ll feel like luxury slippers when you put them on after finishing the hike.
    Pro tip #2: Bring your water and sports drinks in a cooler to the trailhead. They’ll stay cold longer on the trail if they’ve been “on ice.” And… leave yourself a tasty treat- beverage or dessert in the cooler, for after the hike!

    • Oak & Oats

      I love both these tips!!! Especially in snow/ winter hiking I love taking off my shoes in the car and putting on new cozy socks for the drive home!