STAFF PICKS: BEST WINTER HIKES
We all know that winter can be a hard time to gear up and get outside. The cold, windy weather and changing conditions on the parkway can make accessing your favorite trails hard. Two things can change your outdoor experience this winter: knowing where to go and knowing how to prepare. Since our staff loves to play outside at this time of year, we asked some of them to share their favorite winter hikes in the area. These are sure to give you options for some cool adventures.
Now that you know where to go, let’s talk about what to bring. Make sure to be layered up with a good base layer, midlayer, and jacket to stay warm. All the hiking will create heat so having a daypack where you can put your layers if you get hot is always a good idea. Other things you might want to consider are the trail conditions. Has it snowed recently? Is the trail icy? If this is the case, having a pair of microspikes would be a good idea. These would be especially good for hikes with steep elevation change. Always consider your hydration and food. Hydration can be tricky in the cold but it is important to stay hydrated and well nourished.
Let us know what your favorite winter hikes in the High Country are! Leave a comment to share!