Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. ~ Andy Rooney
Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities and although I am by no means the fittest hiker, I especially enjoy the uphill hikes. The journey of an uphill hike is never boring, always full of twists and turns, ups and downs, sometimes even hopelessness but there is just no words to describe that sensation of accomplishment and happiness when you finally reach the destination. Through the experience, I learn to challenge myself and my love for nature increases every time I completed a hike.
We are very fortunate in Washington state to have so many well-defined and groomed trails as well as some magnificent mountains, amazing alpine lakes and ocean beaches to discover. It would be criminal not to explore them. We have mostly hiked along the Snoqualmie and Mount Rainier Region. For the next couple years, we hope to tackle the North Cascade, Mount Baker area hikes.
Here are some of my tips for less stressful and happier hikes. (Sorry I can’t make them less painful)
- Pick the right trail for your ability. Washington Trails Association is my favorite website for trails information in Washington state or All Trails if you are in other parts of the country.
- Learn about the trail so you are aware of your surrounding and the animals that exist.
- You can hike year round, just be prepared for the change in weather and pack accordingly.
- Invest in well made gears and hiking shoes. Being comfortable means you will more likely to go again. I like to shop at REI for all our outdoor gears.
- Always Pack your ten essentials.
- It is always so peaceful up on a mountain so linger and soak in all that energy.
- Respect nature, remember the ‘to leave no trace’, ‘pack it in and pack it out’ rules.
- Make a yearly hike list to motivate yourself, start low and aim high.