Outdoor Hiking Adventures: Essential Tips

With near-perfect weather and sunny days all year round, the Wine Country beckons wine lovers out from the wine tasting rooms to explore the scenic outdoors—and we don’t just mean strolling in the vineyards.

From enjoying the hot springs to hot air balloon rides, camping, biking and hiking, there are tons of ways to enjoy the beautiful valleys of Napa and Sonoma.

Hike through the redwood covered creeks, rugged mountain ranges and beautiful lakes that are bursting with wildlife and diverse foliage. The best part is that the Country offers varied hiking options. Tough hike? Easy hike? Hike with breathtaking views? Hikes with history? You’ll find them all in the Wine Country’s network of open spaces and state parks.

Choose the Trail That’s Right for Your Fitness Level

When planning a hike, choose a trail that is a little shorter than the distance you normally walk on a paved surface. Plan ahead and estimate your pace by walking roughly 2-miles per hour. Next, review your elevation changes for every 100 feet of gain. This way, you’ll have a sense of the distance and elevation changes.

After selecting an appropriate trail, obtain a map of the trail, research online and take note of intersecting trails where you can potentially take a wrong turn. Ideally, also look for a good lunch spot on the way, one with a view.

Pack These Essentialshiking

Plan the essentials that you’ll need to carry depending on the remoteness and length of your hike. For instance, for a short summer hike, a compact emergency blanket would be fine; however, you’ll need something more extensive for a remote winter hike.

Here are some essentials that you need to keep:

  • Navigation (compass and compass)
  • Insulation (extra clothing)
  • Sun protection (sunscreen & sunglasses)
  • Fire (lighter/candle /waterproof matches)
  • First-aid supplies
  • Hydration (extra water)
  • Nutrition (extra food)

Plan an adventurous—and safe—hike with our guide, who will put together a hike designed specifically for you. Whether you’re comfortable with an easygoing stroll on level ground or a strenuous trek uphill, our local will expert will plan the whole itinerary. Just wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes, our guide will handle the rest!

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