Winter hiking gives one the chance to view nature from a different perspective. Hiking in the Spring and Summer is nice- depending on where you’re visiting. However, views change dramatically in the Winter, whether there is snow on the ground or not. Since trees are bare, the distance and depth that you can see offer a new landscape to a favorite and well-traveled trail.
But, the gear that is required to have a successful winter hiking adventure also changes with the season. Yes, you still need water, good footwear, and great outerwear. What those mean depends on the season that you’re hiking.
The North Face Thermoball Hoodie Jacket
It looks so warm and squishy. A size up will allow for extra layering. Compress and store in an extra pocket on your pack if you get too warm.
Under Armour ColdGear Mock Turtleneck
A good base layer is a must. Coupling this with the Thermoball jacket would mean very little necessity for a layer between- though there would be plenty of room for a sweater. ColdGear is more form-fitting, so I’ve found sizing up helps for a little extra room, but still snug enough to hold your body heat.
Kari Traa Long Underwear
Made from wool and naturally moisture-wicking, but soft on the inside so you don’t have to deal with that itchy wool feeling. While winter hiking is the theme here, the pattern also makes it possible to wear these as leggings on their own for fall or early spring outings.
prAna Halle Pants
A great all-season pant. These are baggy enough through the legs to slip on over your long underwear. The material makes these pants a great windbreaker if you hiking mountain balds in the winter. They might not protect you too well in a rainstorm, but they are water resistant as well. In the summertime, they can be rolled up and buttoned to make some (not very) fashion-forward capris.
Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gators
The only thing as bad as snow falling down your neck is snow getting in your boots. These gators should definitely make it into your daypack to have just in case.