Top Hiking Resources
Hikers Can Use Today

by Diane Spicer

Meet Hiking For Her's Diane

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

But the best hiking advice for women hikers have to go beyond the expected info on picking the best backpack or hiking socks.

Let's jump right in, with links to tried and true Hiking For Her hiking resources.

Find the best hiking boots and packs, as well as women's hiking clothing with these links.

  • If you're searching for just the right piece of hiking gear at a rock bottom price, take a peek at my tried and true line up of discount gear outlets.

Save time
with these 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.

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.

Some of us use the hiking trail 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.

And 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.

A good question
for any hiker

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

  • Read about them here.

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 very best 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.

A recommended technique to find an ideal hiking partner: Hiking For Her's Hike With Me.

Or join the Over Forty Hiker community mentioned above, where you can meet lots of women looking to hit the trail.

One additional way to meet somebody who shares 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!

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.

Interested in hiking Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail? Read my review of one woman's adventure here.

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:

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 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 dayhike 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 into my best hiking tips so you can use your gear for maximal benefits.

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

#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.


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:


#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! Stay tuned...

#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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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!

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