Hiking Clothing Recommendations

Due to the wonderful whims of Mother Nature you need to come prepared for variable weather conditions. Wear clothing that accurately reflects your degree of sensitivity to heat and cold.

You will need to layer your clothing to include a warmth layer that will keep you warm even when damp.  Try to avoid cotton, like sweat shirts and sweat pants. Cotton can get damp or wet and does not wick the moisture, like material such as wool, polypropylene, and fleece. Even if it is a warm day, we recommend being prepared for changing weather conditions. Any day can become chilly.

  • Warmth
    • A fleece or synthetic shirt, vest or jacket functions best as a warmth layer. Fleece, wool, and synthetics wick the moisture away from your body and keep you warm even if you get wet.
  • Pants
    • Wear quick‐dry, nylon rain pants, polypro pants, or shorts depending on the weather conditions. Stretchy athletic-style pants are another good option.
  • Footwear
    •  Make sure you wear very comfortable hiking boots or walking shoes. We can not stress enough the importance of shoes that are already broken in and are known to be comfortable.
    • Wool, synthetic, or silk socks are most appropriate. They will be more comfortable and will wick moisture. Carrying a spare pair is also advised in case your feet get wet or muddy.
  • Shell
    • A windbreaker or rain jacket is recommended on all but the hottest days.
  • Extras
    • Fleece or wool caps for the cold, or poly rain hats for damp weather.
  • Additional Items
    • Bring plenty of water! Check trip details to see if water is available at the trail head. Often it is not.
    • Sunscreen, sun hat, and sunglasses
    • Camera and/or binoculars
    • Portable snacks
    • Small day pack to carry essentials
    • Hiking poles are handy on longer hikes

Please remember when choosing your clothing that you are responsible for carrying anything you bring throughout the day. Bring light, warm and efficient attire. Give us a call at 415-663-8192 if you have any questions.