Top Hiking Resources
You Can Use Today
For Great Hiking Plans

by Diane Spicer

Meet Hiking For Her's Diane

The best hiking resources in 11 categories give you all the tips you need to hike. #hikingresources #hikingtips #backpacking #hikingforher #femalehikers


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 why suffer?

Shorten your learning curve as a hiker.

Saving time with these extensive hiking resources and trustworthy recommendations?

Also smart!


Eleven hiking resources
categories for you to explore

Resources for hikers have to go beyond the expected hiking resource information, info like:

What do you say we go way beyond that!

Because you're an adventurous hiker, right?

Jump right in with these links to tried and true Hiking For Her hiking resources in eleven categories:




#1:
Hiking motivation and inspiration

Maybe you're a beginner hiker.

  • Tips just for you here

Or maybe you're just getting back into the wonderful sport of hiking after a lengthy absence.

  • You might need a little motivation, and a trail buddy or two, inspiring you to hit the trail more often.

This first category of hiking resources gives you exactly what you need for the trail.


Need a hiking partner?

It can be tough to find reliable people to hike with.

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

Use the Hiking For Her Hike With Me service to locate ideal trail buddies for your hiking plans.

One additional hiking resource for meeting other people who share your passion for the trail is the huge list of REI classes.


Female hikers only

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.

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.

Topics only women care about

What about "female only" hiking 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.
  • Go solo for some well deserved solitude.


Get inspired by outdoor women!

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

  • Meet some famous female hikers here.
  • Check out Hiking For Her's Pinterest page on Hiking Women: Then And Now.

Need some hiking inspiration and humor?

Who doesn't!

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!


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


A few questions
to motivate any hiker

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

Feeling confident in your outdoor skills will motivate you to try bigger, longer hikes.

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! So why wait?


Use the hiking resources
on this website for your hiking plans

Always hit the trail with the very best information to motivate you to be your best self.

It's what makes a smart female hiker so... well, smart!

Use the search box at the top of the page to find the hiking topics you want to explore with reliable resources.

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

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


#2: Best hiking trails

The best hiking trails are highly coveted by hikers.

But every hiker hikes her own hike, so what's best for you might not check all the boxes as a great hiking trail for me.

To find the best hiking trails for your hiking plans, think about terrain, distance, elevation gain and loss, weather, signage.

Here are 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.

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


#3: Books for hikers

Best 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.

Ready to think about hiking destinations all over the world? This review of 100 Hikes of a Lifetime will get your planning juices flowing.

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


#4: Best movies for hikers

Don't forget hiking movies!!

Backpacking movies can

  • inspire 
  • amaze
  • tantalize
  • 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.


And be sure to enjoy this collection of thruhiking documentaries.

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#5:
Gear tips & review 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.

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.

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 day hikes that will keep you safe and comfortable while scratching that outdoor itch, go deeper with an 8 week on line Hiking For Her Day Hiking course.

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.
  • I invite you to take my How To Plan A Backpacking Trip course, getting you on the trail with no worries. Details here.


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:


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!

Need the best gear and hiking
clothing guides?

Here they are!

#6: Gifts for hikers

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

Here's a good start, along with this gift guide.

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.

If you're looking for responsibly sourced green outdoor products and clothing, look no further than Hiking For Her's Sustainable Gifting Guide.

Those should keep you busy for awhile ;)


#7: 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


#8: Good general
hiking resources

New to hiking?

Here's a good general resource to get you started, aptly called the American Hiking Society.

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.


#9: 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.

#10: 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.

#11: 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.
  • New sources of information, trail wisdom or a fun new spin on the reality of the hiking trail are found in my free monthly newsletter. Sign up is easy...


Bonus round!!

A few more fun hiking resources that I pulled together for you:

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!
Eleven categories of
the best hiking resources

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

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

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Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.

She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.


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