Although Arizona is known for its heat and lack of foliage, Fall comes around once a year just like the rest of the country. Heat filled days of September and October are replaced with chilly mornings and 70 degree temperatures (cold!) of November. My boyfriend and I try to take advantage of the great weather on the weekends and can usually be found outside hiking on the nearby trails.
Arizona has an abundance of local hiking trails, but you can find trails in your area by contacting your local Parks and Recreation Department or from the website Trails.com. Here are some tips to make your hike an enjoyable experience!
Grab a buddy: Hiking with a buddy is much safer than going alone. While you are also looking out for each other, you can chat and bask in the beautiful weather!
Bring a cell phone: In case of an emergency, you can contact someone to come help you. You can also take pictures to remember what a great time you had.
Hydration: Most of our hikes are only about 1-2 hours and do not require tons of equipment, but we always carry water to hydrate. If you want to get fancy, use a Camelbak water pack which is hands-free!
Snacks: If you are planning a day hike longer than 1-2 hours, or if you get hungry easily, pack a few snacks into a backpack that are a good combination of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. The key is to have a high energy snack to give YOU enough energy for the long haul.
- homemade trail mix (1-1 1/2 c. dry cereal, 2 tbsp dried fruit, 2 tbsp chocolate chips, 2 tbsp walnuts),
- dried fruit leathers
- Clif Bars
- apples and bananas
- peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
- carrot sticks, crackers, etc.
Check out this post from Backpacker Magazine for more ideas on great trails snacks.
Stretch it Out: You will probably be working some new muscles as you are hiking, so make sure you stretch out enough before and after.
Have fun: It is finally Fall! Get out there and enjoy the gorgeous weather!