Top Hiking Resources
You Can Use Today

by Diane Spicer

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The best hiking resources come from hikers who have gotten wet, dirty, lost, sore - and lived to tell the tale.

That pretty much describes Hiking For Her!

But resources for hikers have to go beyond the expected information on how to pick the best backpack or a great pair of hiking socks.

Let's jump right in, with links to tried and true HFH hiking resources in terms of gear:

Spend some quality time sifting through this hiking resource page, keeping your goals as a hiker foremost in your mind. 

Now let's go beyond that!


Save time with these
hiking resources
and recommendations

Sometimes you don't want to have to think through every little detail about a new piece of hiking gear or athletic clothing for the trail.

That's when using this list of Hiking For Her brand recommendations will save you time, money and effort, while highlighting the best hiking footwear and clothing.

  • This is the stuff that comes along on every HFH hike, because it works.

For planning some great dayhikes that will keep you safe and comfortable while scratching that outdoor itch, utilize the Hiking For Her day hike checklist.

If you're a backpacker, or plan to become one, you're going to need camping equipment as well as some navigation and safety gear.

  • Feel free to use my detailed hiking equipment list as a resource guide for planning your future backpacking adventures.


Female hikers only

Once your basic gear needs are satisfied, it's time to tackle "females only" topics.

Women hikers have hygiene issues more complex than keeping the T.P. dry. {Although that's a legitimate concern!}

We also have physical limitations involving our unique hip & knee structures.

And we certainly have a different mindset about overcoming obstacles: brute force and stubbornness have their place but so does finesse and trail smarts.

Female hikers may also use the sport of hiking for a specific purpose.

  • If you're hiking for weight loss, read these tips.
  • Getting your kids out for a hike? Go here for resources.
  • Hiking in a group can lead to romance, friendship and off trail collaborations.
  • Night hiking can open up an entirely new dimension for you.
  • Spend time with your female bestie on a hike!
  • Give your athletic dog a good workout on your next hike.

An invitation

Please consider joining our Over Forty Hiker private community.

If you've been searching for a circle of women who instantly connect with your love of the trail, here are the details.

  • You can meet some of our members here.

A good question
for any hiker

Have you spent any time lately identifying and developing your hiking skills?

There are plenty of free online hiking resources out there to choose from when building and strengthening your outdoor skills.

Wouldn't it be fun to dabble a bit until you find a topic you'd really like to devote some serious time to?

And then to test out your skills in the backcountry?

Or some really incredible best hiking destinations?

Good times await!


Use the hiking resources
on this website for your hiking plans

Always hit the trail with the very best information. It's what make a smart female hiker so... well, smart!

The best hiking tips are right here.

Feel free to ask me hiking questions and expect a detailed answer.

  • Use the CONTACT box on any page.

Or use the hiking resources mentioned in the Hiking For Her Hiking Questions Archive.


Need a hiking partner?

It's tough to find reliable people to hike with.

And sometimes your schedule doesn't match up with your regular hiking partners.

Join the Over Forty Hiker community mentioned above, where you can meet lots of women at various skill levels looking to hit the trail, or already hitting it with lots of trail wisdom to share with you.

One additional resource for meeting other people who share your passion for the trail: REI classes.


Need some hiking inspiration,
motivation and humor?

Enjoy 14 quotes I've collected (and written) over the years.

They keep me going, maybe they'll bring a smile or an empathetic groan to you as well!

You can also get to know some inspiring women who are doing great things in the world of outdoorsy women.

Hiking For Her has made a commitment to interview them!


Ten more hiking resources
for you

Explore and bookmark this list of carefully chosen resources.

It has to be pretty special to make this list ;)

#1: Best hiking trails

The best hiking trails are highly coveted by hikers.

Here are some general things to think about, and more regional information, specific to the United States.

Take a peek (peak?) here for making sense of how to find the best hiking trails for your type of hiking.

Mount Rainier hiking is not to be missed!

  • Trail descriptions, insider tips, and videos of some of the best Mount Rainier day hikes await you at that link.
  • Three of my favorite day hikes are described here.

And here's a way to keep the best hiking trails safe and enjoyable: ParkWatchReport.

  • It's a free app that allows you to report a problem (a blocked trail, an unuseable toilet at the trailhead, graffiti, or other issues) to the local land authorities.

Please use Leave No Trace principles to keep those trails in top shape for the next hiker.


#2: Books for hikers

Books on hiking: Where to start?

It depends on your level of comfort with approaching trail time.

The Hiking For Her book on day hiking tips might be the perfect place to start!

  • How about day hikes to Washington fire lookouts? Read the Hiking For Her review here.

Here's a recent book review on a woman's journey along the Continental Divide Trail to get you started thinking about a long trail hike.

Another fascinating topic: how to explore Europe on foot, detailed in this book review.

Or read about Emma Gatewood, an AT pioneer, in this children's version of her life story (a fun way to introduce children to the trail).

Interested in hiking Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail?

  • Read my review of one woman's adventure here.

Longing to hike in the Pacific Northwest?

  • Find my review of an Alpine Lakes Wilderness Guide here.

Fascinated by birds you encounter on the trail?

Another book review: 1001 Ways To Live Wild.

  • Great title, plenty of  inspiration for making the most of your one wild life.

And here are a few humble suggestions of other books which have been pivotal in my hiking career.


#3: Hiking resources:
Movies

Don't forget movies!! Backpacking movies can

  • inspire,
  • amaze,
  • tantalize, and
  • scare you into hiking best practices. 

Not to mention entertain you during the months when your favorite hiking trails are inaccessible.

And they can act as wonderful hiking resources for your upcoming trips.

Here are a few of my favorites, the first about hiking the John Muir Trail, the other about the Pacific Crest Trail experience:

Mile... Mile and a Half

and this one...

Tell it on the Mountain - Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail

Need more info on "Tell It"? Here's my full review.


#4: Gear tips & reviews

Before you purchase a big ticket item like a tent, read this hiking resource for suggestions about sizing up exactly what you need!

Or maybe you're struggling to find the perfect pair of hiking boots - use these tips on hiking boots reviews!

You can find all of my thorough hiking gear reviews here.

  • I strive to give you balanced information so you can make an intelligent decision about the gear you need versus the gear you want.

The reviews will help you build your day hike checklist

Then use that checklist to generate a gear checklist that will take you on longer trips, such as overnights or backpacking trips.

And you might want to dip frequently into my best hiking tips so you can use your gear for maximal benefits. You know - like staying dry, sleeping soundly in a tent, all that fun stuff.

Many people are curious about the brands of gear I use.


The best hiking infographics sum up tips for you so you can pin them for later.


Interested in solo hiking?

A solo female hiker needs an extra level of preparation, to reassure those at home that she's in good hands - her own!

Use these tips to get started down the solo trail:

And don't miss the solo hiking tips link at the bottom of this post.


Want to rent before you buy?

You have several good options!

Rent a private camping spot with an already set up tent and camp kitchen, plus your own private privy, from Tentrr.

  • Just make a reservation and you're all set!

Rent only the pieces of equipment you need for hiking, backpacking or camping from your REI Co-op rental department.

  • Pick up your gear and return it after your trip.

Try out premium outdoor brands for camping or backpacking, delivered to your door by Arrive.

  • Talk with them over the phone to get your gear dialed in just right before it's sent to you.
  • Use the prepaid label to send it back when you're done!

#5: Gifts for hikers

You want to create a "hiking gifts wish list"  to leave lying around (in)conspicuously.

Here's a good start.

I also created a guide for inexpensive but highly coveted gifts for hikers.

And a gift giving guide for non-hikers! So they have no excuse about what to give the hikers in the family, and will have fun watching the happy smiles.


#6: Magazines for hikers

Magazines (that link details 11+ of them pitched at hikers and campers) are great places to get a monthly (daily??) trail fix when the weather is too nasty, or your schedule is too brutal, to get outside.

Autorenewal is the way to go if you don't want to miss an issue (and have to buy it at newstand prices).

Here are a few pitched at us outdoorsy types.

Beware the lure of the glossy ads!

  • But use their annual Gear Guides as a roadmap of gear you should look at if you're upgrading or replacing.

Take a look at the "go to" hiking magazine published in the United States.

Backpacker

And note that auto-renewal means no guess work about which issue(s) might be lost if you don't renew on time.

I hate it when my subscriptions lapse and I have to pay full price for an issue on the newsstand.

Or a more "edgy" magazine pitched at hikers who love to read about extremes and hardships:

Outside


#7: Good general
hiking resources

New to hiking?

Here's a good general resource to get you started!

Or you can read some of my essential backpacking tips for beginners here.

I sincerely hope you find this entire website a good general hiking resource, and don't forget that you can contact me with your specific questions.


#8: Hiking blogs to follow

While magazines and movies are great, don't overlook hiking blogs.

What a great way to eavesdrop on other hikers' thoughts!

And when they throw in photos of their hikes, it's almost as good as being there.

My advice?

  • Follow just one or two for a few months to see if you're a philosophical match.
  • Keep searching for a handful of inspirational blogs that motivate and inspire you to be your best trail self.

#9: Special interest
hiking resources

Special interests lure each of us onto the trail.

What do I mean?

Here's an example:

I've met hikers who love to hone their bushcraft skills.

  • Knot tying falls into this category.  Try this resource to get started on knots! If you like animations, here's exactly what you need for knot tying. (Thanks to Karen for these suggestions.)
  • Others want to be able to identify alpine flowers not only for their beauty, but their medicinal value.

Outdoor lore is the term I use to cover all of the things that fascinate me about the outdoors: botany, animal tracking, geology.

  • Here are some resources to explore if you really want to know what's right in front of you on the trail (or what might be lurking up ahead).

Another example of a special interest is curiosity about exploring a particular terrain.

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to hike in the opposite type of conditions from your usual hiking trails?

For me in the soggy Pacific Northwest, the opposite would be desert hiking in Arizona.

But could I really leave behind my waterproof rain gear and lighten up a little?

Would I miss the towering Douglas firs and glaciers?

  • It might be fun to answer that question! 
  • In fact, here's some HFH New Mexico hiking.

#10: Fun hiking resources

Fun hiking stuff!! 'Cuz if it's not fun, why do it?

  • You can take a few solo hiking quizzes to explore the idea of going it alone on the trail.
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Bonus round!!

More fun hiking resources:

Female hiker enjoying a view of Mt. Adams in Washington State, USAI'm always on the look out for useful hiking resources for you


There you have it!

The hiking community is small, but it's mighty.

Thanks for being here.

And please stop by the Hiking For Her Facebook page.

I post a little inspiration or a link to new hiking resources several times a week, just for you!

  • Leave a comment or smiley face, it's much appreciated.

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