Hiking can provide great exercise to enhance mental and physical health. In order for a hike to be a successful experience, it helps to plan out routes ahead of time and be fully aware of trail conditions. Know how to follow trail blazes, read a trail map, and estimate time for a hike; be sure to have proper gear, including footwear and outerwear; carry water and snacks as well as a phone for communication in an emergency.
The Basics for Beginning Hikers – A quick-start guide to getting started hiking… in New Jersey and beyond. One of the great things about hiking is that it doesn’t require a lot of gear to get started other than sturdy and comfortable footwear, a trail map, some water… and a little information. However, we’ve encountered a lot of unprepared people out on trails. With that in mind, here is our quick start guide to getting out there.