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Hiking While RVing
Hiking while RVing is a wonderful way to make the most of a camping trip. Two of my favorite activities, camping and hiking complement each other beautifully. Most RV parks are set in lovely natural areas surrounded by trees and wild settings that beg to be explored. Get out, stretch your legs and go for that walk.
On most camping trips, my family and I plan a hike in the area we are visiting to get the best view of the beautiful scenery. Some of our favorites include the hikes to summit 14ers, the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. There is nothing better than relaxing around a campfire, waiting for dinner, resting after a vigorous day of hiking. It just doesn’t get any better than hiking while RVing.
This summer we are planning an RV trip in Colorado to summit four 14ers: Mount Lincoln, Democrat, Cameron and Bross. Located in close proximity to each other, the hike we are planning will hopefully allow us to “bag” four additional 14ers in one day.
If you are new to hiking, I encourage you to give it a try. There is no better way to visit some of the most beautiful parts of our country than on foot. It will allow you access to secret coves, secluded trails and beautiful vistas.
If you are just starting out, here are a few tips to get you started:
1) Start with a shorter hike on a mostly level trail. One easy hike that comes to mind is the hike to Mirror Lake from Yosemite Village in Yosemite National Park. A simple one-mile hike, the trail winds through the forest and comes upon a beautiful lake that mirrors the beautiful rock formations that surround it. (Find campgrounds near Yosemite)
2) Remember to take plenty of water and to rest whenever you feel tired.
3) Be sure you are wearing comfortable walking or hiking shoes that have been broken in. You never want to start a hike with a pair of shoes just out of the box unless you are looking for blisters.
4) Dress in layers. If you are hiking to higher elevations, it can be much cooler at the end of your hike than in the beginning. Also, as the day progresses, the weather may warm so you will want to be wearing something you can remove if you become overheated.
Even if you’ve never been much of a walker, you owe it to yourself to give hiking a try. As a camper, you clearly enjoy spending time in nature; why not take advantage of your beautiful surroundings by enjoying them on foot. Happy trails!