Have the freshest free hiking tips sent to you each month!

Hiking with my Best Friend = Me!

by Laura
(Elgin, IL)

Backpacking the Ice Age Trail in Kettle Moraine North State Forest - Wisconsin - March 2012

Backpacking the Ice Age Trail in Kettle Moraine North State Forest - Wisconsin - March 2012

For me, the benefits of solo hiking far outweigh any fears or difficulties. I can hike as long and as fast (or slow) as I please, without constantly wondering if my companion is enjoying himself or herself.

I solo hike at least twice a month, and hike with a companion less often. Here are my tips for a safe and enjoyable solo hike:

Plan ahead. Think through the entirety of the hike, check weather forecasts and don't discount "slight" storm possibilities. T-Storms, especially in humid parts of the country (I live in Northern Illinois and mostly hike in Wisconsin) can spawn quite quickly in the summer months. I almost always keep a pack cover and a light rain jacket in my pack. The extra ounces will only make me stronger - and drier! Similarly, I always bring a little more food and water than I think I will need. I keep simple fire starting material, mosquito spray and a lightweight headlamp in my pack even on day hikes.

Research new trails with a companion and hike them solo when you are familiar with them. I hike the same stretch of the Ice Age trail repeatedly (as it looks completely different as the seasons change). This familiarity means I know exactly where I am and how far my next way point will be.

Another advantage to hiking a familiar trail is you know whether you will encounter a comfortable number of fellow hikers. Ideal for me is not crowded but not completely isolated. It's nice to know someone will likely be along to help you if you injure a leg.

I hope my tips are helpful and wish my hiking sisters the happiest of solo journeys.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Solo Hiking.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Use the blue TOP button

on the right to jet back up to the search box.

Why wait a whole month?

Plus, there's never enough room in the newsletter to share it all, so why miss out on exclusive Hiking For Her giveaways, limited time gear deals and discounts, freebies, updates, and more?

A short, info packed weekly email update will keep you current on all things hiking!

When you sign up to receive this update, you are agreeing to Hiking For Her's privacy policy.

No spam, ever. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

Don't miss out!

Read more about these hiking weekly updates

Save Time

Site Map


Newest Tips





Copyright Policy


Save Time & Money

Hiking For Her's weekly emails are the best way to find out about current hiking & backpacking news:

  • flash giveaways
  • timely deals
  • steep discounts
  • freebies
  • trail changes
  • resources

Free, fast, fun info for you, every week of the year