Top Tips When Hiking in the Desert!

As the season starts to change it's a great time to visit your local desert for a hike! 

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Here are our top tips when hiking in the desert:

1. Always carry your 10-essentials, including a map & compass! Make sure you know how to use these life saving tools.

2. Bring more water than you think, at least 1 liter for every 3-4 miles, and more if it's hot. Also, its a good idea to carry electrolytes

3. Plan ahead: Make a plan for what trail you plan to hike, elevation gain, terrain, time it will take, etc.

4. Always let a trusted friend or family know where you're going and when you'll be back. Also, carry a SPOT emergency device, GPS unit or check out the CAIRN app, which allows you to let your loved one's know of your hiking plans and has maps too!

5. Wear lightweight clothing, layers in case of sudden whether changes and don't forget a hat!

6. Start early in the day or later in the afternoon!

7. Bring plenty of food and snacks like KRAVE Jerky.


We hope these tips for hiking in the desert will keep you inspired to explore more for your 52 Hike Challenge! 

Happy Hiking!

Karla & Phillip

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