February 14, 2017

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Colorado hiking implicates great hiking experiences. There are lots of world-class trails that are stunningly exciting and attractively splendid. But hiking Colorado, like all other hiking adventures must be treated with complete knowledge of the trail both to be safe from any hazards and to enjoy the tour.

Plan ahead your Colorado hiking- Unlike other hiking areas, Colorado hiking is quite vulnerable to snow conditions. Unless you are after the snow trails, then you are in the right place for snow adventures otherwise you don’t want to be driving right at the trail head only to find out that the snow has already covered the trail up to the summit.

Now, if you don’t want to be facing this unwanted scenario then you should check out when is the best season to hike Colorado for a regular hike.

Also take into consideration the altitude of your hike. The higher the altitude of the trail, the longer the snow lingers. The lower the altitude, the easier for the snow to melt.

Now you should plan to hike the lower altitude during the first months of the year and the end months. During mid-summer, plan to take the higher altitudes. This would also help condition your body to better adapt to the temperature and the pressure of altitudes.

Determine the items you need in your backpack- Of course, hiking requires backpacking especially during longer tours. In your bag you should find several must-haves such food packages, clothing that are well-adapted to the terrain, first-aid kit, lighting paraphernalia, cooking utensils along with other items that would help you get through a hassle-free Colorado hiking tour.

You must also have with you a good pair of hiking boots depending on the terrain's level of difficulty, a hiking staff, several pairs of hiking socks and other hiking gears.

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Budget your time and work- Your best bets are decent estimates of the Colorado hiking trails. If you intended to hike for several days straight, it would be better to cover as much distance as possible with the least possible discontentment and the greatest possible enjoyment of the hiking tour. You could only gauge the tentative days and hours you would be consuming in a specific trail so you can have a better vision of how to approach your tour.

Certain factors affect your budgeting of time such as your supplies, the distance you want to cover, rest periods, your own physical condition, the difficulty of terrain, the elevation and your pace of movement.

Going above the timberline- If you have plans to go beyond the timberline then you should plan your Colorado hiking adventure more. During summers especially around the mid-afternoons, Colorado hiking may be a bit unpleasant due to summer thunderstorm.  By all means, electric storms must be avoided. Even if you are not hiking above the timberline, you still must plan your Colorado hiking in a way that you would not get caught with these storms.

However, even with good planning sometimes things still go wrong. In case you find yourself in the middle of a flat terrain and the thunderstorms roll in, you still could save yourself from potential thunderstruck by sitting or crouching underneath rock crops.

These are only three guidelines for your Colorado hiking yet the impacts they have on your trip are immeasurably advantageous. In the end, Colorado hiking and other hikes you will have are determined by careful preparation.

Donald Clever USMC

Donald Clever
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