There are a number of advantages to hiking with trekking poles. They reduce the strain on your knees (up to 25%), give you better balance (especially when hiking downhill), and distribute your energy to your upper body which can help improve your overall hiking endurance (and burn more calories if that's important to you.)
To learn more about the benefits of trekking poles and how to select ones for you, visit Northern Lights Trading Co.'s website.
First thing you need are a good pair of hiking shoes (not tennis, running, or flip-flops). Second, you'll need a good pair of hiking socks.
For dayhikes, we recommend a sturdy hiking shoe with good arch support and well defined soles for better traction and stability. For longer hikes or if you're carrying a heavy pack, hiking boots may be in order. Our favorite hiking shoes and boots are designed and distributed by a Bozeman, Montana shoemaker, Oboz.
For socks, we recommend a good pair of non-cotton, wicking, mid-weight sock. Our favorite hiking socks are FITS, by Fits Sock Co. And, believe us, they FITS great.
Lace up your shoes, grab your poles, and hit the trail.
When you step away from the bustling boardwalks and packed visitor centers and onto one of the many trails of Yellowstone, you experience the grandeur of nature on a whole new level. There you'll hear whistling pines, bubbling creeks, and the cries and calls of the countless birds of YNP. You'll feel the warm sun upon your skin and smell the thick forest. And if you're lucky, you'll feel the joy and awe of watching wildlife in their natural habitat. Don't forget to stop by the Bear Aware, LLC kiosk for your bear spray!
With a small investment in equipment and exercise, you too can enjoy hiking the world-reknowned trails of Yellowstone National Park. Whether you're a novice or experienced hiker, all you need is some essential equipment and the legs, lungs and willpower to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Yellowstone's hiking trails. Below is information on equipment and exercises to prepare you for your day hikes.
(For information on overnight trips and back country hiking in Yellowstone, visit YNP's website).
socks n' Shoes
Even if you're heading out for a short day hike, you should always be prepared with hiking essentials, for Yellowstone's weather and hiking conditions are very unpredictable and can change without notice.
Bear Spray (DO NOT carry in daypack)
Flashlight / Headlamp
Extra Food (One or two days' worth)
Water / Filter / Bottles
Whistle / bear bells
Insect Repellents or Clothing
Sunscreen / lip balm
Emergency blanket / emergency kit
You’ll need a lightweight waterproof daypack large enough to hold your gear. The lighter the better as the bag may seem heavier as the day goes on. Consider getting one that has a hydration pocket to hold a water reservoir for hands-free drinking on the trail. A pack with ventilated mesh to move sweat away from your back is favorable as well as one with comfortable shoulder straps. Make sure your pack is waterproof, and you’re ready to hit the trails.
There are a wide variety of packs available. Just remember, the more lightweight the better. Visit the daypack section of Northern Lights Trading Co.'s website.
Before hiking, do some simple warm-up exercises to keep yourself pain and injury free. Please watch these videos for some helpful exercises.
The following exercises are specifically designed to help hikers stay strong and flexible to hit the trails.