Trek Up: Fall Hiking Essentials
There are two types of hikers in California: the very serious fitness buffs [who talk to no one], and the on-trend Instagrammers [who stop at every peak to snap a photo].
I’m probably more of the annoying Instagrammer than the serious fitness buff [sigh].
Regardless, all of those hiking trails have taught me how to prep for the trek. I teamed up with The Chalkboard Mag to spill my secrets on packing for a successful hike. After all, fall is the perfect time to indulge in the outdoors. The air is crisp; the leaves dry; the skies promising of a fresh start.
Here’s what to bring with you to stay hydrated, healthy + energized…
Kick off the hike by stretching your arms and legs; especially focusing on your hamstrings.
PROTEIN BAR | A protein bar boosts your energy and preps your body for a good sweat. Choose bars carefully — some are merely candy bars! The best protein-packed brands are Quest, Aloha + ThinkThin.
Set your own pace, switching between brisk walks and light jogs.
SUNSCREEN | Apply sunscreen to your face + lips prior to beginning your hike.
TRAIL MIX | Prep your trail mix at home, using cashews, almonds, cacao nibs and goji berries. The combination provides quick energy and healthy fats, and is a great snack midway through your hike. If you opt for store-bought trail mix, go for Navitas Naturals, Mystic Mountain + Hermit’s Mix.
Once at the top, take a minute to celebrate, reflect, and set a goal.
APPLE + NUT BUTTER | Wrap up your workout with an apple and nut butter — almond, walnut [full recipe here] or peanut. You’ll undoubtedly be hungry, but avoid reaching for unhealthy snacks. Apples have high water content, and are best paired with protein and good fats found in nut butters.
Photos by Annie Shak