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The Essential Day Hiking Gear List from The Trek

Trek Essential Day Hiking Gear List Maggie-Slepian-hiking-scaled

The Essential Day Hiking Gear List from The Trek

The Essential Day Hiking Gear List from The Trek

The Essential Day Hiking Gear List from The Trek

The Essential Day Hiking Gear List from The Trek

The Essential Day Hiking Gear List from The Trek

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The Essential Day Hiking Gear List from The Trek


Since thru-hiking has been temporarily canceled, we’re pivoting toward appreciating the things we can do, like shorter outings close to home, and hopefully more extended trips later this summer. Last week I listed the gear I take day hiking, which will be getting lots of use this year. Now we’re going to throw our day-hiking essentials at you, with a few options for versatility / budget, plus the basics of what to carry for hikes of different distances.

Looking for day hikes in your region? Our 2020 NOGO hikers have day hike recommendations for Tahoe, California; Winter Park, Colorado; and Memphis, Tennessee.

Essential Day Hiking Gear


First, what type of hike are you doing? Peakbagging above treeline at high elevations? Or sticking close to town for a relaxed jaunt? You don’t want to overpack, but you also don’t want to be unprepared. Here are the basics to consider when packing your day-hiking bag.

See the full list from Maggie Slepian on the Trek's website here: https://thetrek.co/the-essential-day-hiking-gear-list/

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