Your Guide to Winter Hiking

Your Guide to Winter Hiking #optoutside

November and December are my favorite time of year for hiking, even with what seems to be an endless drizzle of rain. The first few feet of snow grace the mountain tops and offer a soft, powdery surface for hiking and snowshoeing. By January, the snow has accumulated so much where avalanches pose a threat and by April, you’re just tired of the slushy snow, but in November and December the snow is ideal for some cold weather hiking. And the views are nothing short of spectacular!

Hiking during wintertime can be intimidating – it’s cold and there’s so much snow! – but the benefits are great. Spending time outside in winter improves your mood, health, and fitness. In these posts, I cover the reasons that you should opt outside this winter! 

Your Guide to Winter Hiking #optoutside

Your Guide to Winter Hiking: Everything You Need from Gear to Safety

5 Reasons You Should Try Winter Hiking

Why You Should Opt Outside this Winter

Food and clothing are essentials, especially for outdoor activities. Many running clothes transition well into hiking, but there’s a few other consideration such as boots and jackets. As for food, just as with running you need to fuel your body to go the distance while staying warm. 

What to Wear for Hiking in Cold Weather

5 Reasons You Should Try Winter Hiking

Healthy Snacks to Fuel Your Hiking

When you hike anytime of year – but especially in winter when it’s cold and snowy – you need to take safety precautions and practice proper trail etiquette. These posts guide you through how to avoid winter-specific issues such as avalanches and hypothermia, cover what gear you need to bring and what you can expect, and discuss how to balance hiking with running. 

4 Tips for Staying Safe on Winter Hikes

A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking

Your Guide to Winter Hiking

How to Balance Hiking with Long Distance Running

Most of all, you just need to get outside and go! As with running, you keep hiking as simple or as involved as you wish. What matters is getting out there!

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What’s your favorite outdoor sport in winter?

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  1. We hiked year ’round before the kids were born. And even after they arrived, we took them on shorter hikes regardless of the weather. Our weekends are kind of jam packed with skiing and other sports for most of the winter but we’ll try to make it out as much as possible. There’s magic in seeing freshly fallen snow on a trail.

  2. I’ve never hiked in the winter but I’ve always wanted to try it. Maybe this will be the year! Like someone above mentioned, though, living in a city makes it a little harder. We have to go out of our way for hiking, and let’s be honest, the incentive to do that isn’t as strong in the winter!

    1. We have to go out of our way as well – hiking is a good 1-2 hour drive from the Seattle area, unless you live in the highlands. But it’s always worth it – especially in winter when any fresh air and exercise is good for the mind and body.

  3. Such a great pic of you looking all cool cat in your sunglasses in the snow! Was that from last year or recently? Lots of kids’ soccer games going on this weekend, as usual. Hopefully it’s not too cold (for me to stand there and watch, lol).

    1. Thank you! It’s from January, we don’t have that much snow yet in the mountains! Standing out in the cold is hard – moving makes it feel so much less cold, but standing makes it feel even colder than it actually is.

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