Hiking Snacks

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Hiking is a great pastime. It gets you out in the fresh air, and gives you plenty of exercise. It makes you appreciate nature, it makes you healthier, and it makes you hungry.

Because none of the the 2,558 miles of wilderness trails in throughout the Adirondacks feature restaurants or snack bars, it is probably wise to bring some sustenance. 

Planning nutrition for a day of hiking is more than a bottle of water and a granola bar.  Your food and water needs are generally higher than usual on active trips First and foremost, always bring plenty of water, especially on hot days. Pre-hydrate by drinking at least 4 cups of water before a hike so you have less to carry. Then, a good rule of thumb is to plan for about 2 cups of fluid for every hour of hiking.

For day hiking it is a good idea to bring non-perishable foods, so coolers and ice are not an issue. Remember, the more you carry, he harder it is to hike, so choose foods that are relatively lightweight and dense on nutrition. 

The best choices include: 

Trail Mix

Nuts, Seeds, Nut-Based Bars or Nut Butter Packs

Dried Or Freeze-Dried Fruits And Veggies

Energy Bars, Chews Or Gels

Granola Or Granola Bars

Whole-Grain Tortillas

Poultry, Salmon or Meat Jerky

After a day of adventure in the Adirondacks, enjoy an evening under the stars at Old Forge Camping resort or premier accommodations at Water’s Edge Inn in Old Forge.