Day hiking is one of the best activities to experience the Canadian Rockies. The abundance of mountain peaks, fresh glacial lakes, and wilderness makes the Rockies one of the best places in Canada to explore. Another factor that’s so appealing about day hiking in the Rockies is how accessible the trails are, however, there are a few things to consider before you set off into the wilderness. A couple packing tips before we get started:
- Pack intentionally- If you pack the appropriate gear, you won’t have to pack more weight than you need to carry. Carrying an excessive amount of weight will make the uphills more difficult and cause unnecessary strain on your body!
- Do your research- is your trail totally dry, or will you have water sources along the way? Is the trail typically wet up until a certain time of year? These types of questions will likely determine how much water to bring, what kind of footwear to choose, etc.
- Don’t underestimate the Rockies- weather can change within minutes in the mountains and if you don’t have the proper gear, you can find yourself in a really dangerous situation. I’ve been caught in situations where the forecast predicted sun all day yet it starts pouring rain out of nowhere. It’s wise to be prepared for wet conditions even if the forecast isn’t calling for it!