Top 10 Things To Do To Prepare For A Hike In Walnut Creek 


Hiking, walking in nature as a recreational activity. Especially among those with sedentary occupations, hiking is a natural exercise that promotes physical fitness, is economical and convenient, and requires no special equipment. Because hikers can walk as far as they want, there is no physical strain unless they walk among hills or mountains.

Hiking is a fun, relaxing way to experience the great outdoors with friends and family. When you go on a hike, you get to explore places in nature that the roads cannot reach. Leave your worries about time, work, and other stressors far behind and reawaken your sense of wonder. There is nothing like reconnecting with friends or loved ones on a journey through nature.


Useful Hiking Tips for Beginners


1) Start small and choose the right trail for your fitness level

It’s important to choose the right trail for your fitness level and experience. If you’re new to hiking or just starting, It is recommended to take on an easy hike first before tackling anything too challenging. And make sure that it’s worth your time and effort, research what type of terrain will be involved as well as how long the hike lasts so you know whether or not it’ll suit your needs.

2) Hike With Buddies

Hiking is a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. It can be done solo, but it’s always better with a buddy. Hiking by yourself can be dangerous because you can’t see your surroundings as well; there could be things like cliffs or other hazards in front of you that would go undetected if not for having someone else present. With friends along for the hike, everyone has someone to talk to when they’re tired.

3) Know where you are going ahead of time.

It is always best to do some research before going on a hike for the first time or any other hike. Even if it’s not your first time hiking, it’s important to keep up-to-date with changes in trails as they may be closed or paths changed due to weather conditions such as flooding or forest fires. Know what your destination is ahead of time and don’t forget those safety items!

4) Stay hydrated and bring drinking water. 

We all know that hiking is a great form of exercise. It can also be really hot out there, so it’s important to stay hydrated and bring drinking water with you on your hike. Bring snacks and water along with any other supplies needed.



5) Know where you are going ahead of time

Find an area that has lots of trails for beginners. Plan your hike ahead of time so that it doesn’t turn into an all-day event with no water. Know what time sunset will be so that you can pack accordingly. The idea of getting out in nature and exploring new trails sounds amazing! But before you find yourself lost on a trail with nothing but your phone to guide you, some things need to be done beforehand.

6) The essentials for a safe adventure

Avoid emergencies by having the tools you need to turn the unexpected into an exciting part of your journey.

    • Carry a map and compass and know how to use them.
    • Bring a pocket knife, and put fire-starting supplies in a water-proof container.
    • Assume the weather will change — bring sun protection, rain gear, and extra layers for the sudden cold.
    • Pack extra food and water.
    • And don’t forget to tuck in a whistle and a first aid kit, and bring a headlamp in case your hike takes longer than you’d planned.

7) Check the weather

The weather is always a tricky thing to predict, If you notice rain in the forecast then make sure your tent has an expedient way for water protection, as well as extra stakes just, in case things go awry!



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8) Wear the right shoes and socks

For a new hiker, you know that one of the most important things to keep in mind is your footwear. You should always wear shoes and socks that are comfortable for both walking long distances and climbing steep slopes. If you don’t do this, it can lead to problems with blisters or other foot-related issues.

9) Practice Hiking Etiquette

Hiking is a fun and healthy activity to do with friends, but it can be frustrating when someone doesn’t follow etiquette. For example, don’t hike in a group of more than six people because this creates congestion on the trail. If you’re hiking with children or pets, make sure they are leashed at all times for their safety and other hikers’ peace of mind. And finally, if you’re going to relieve yourself while out on the trail, be careful not to leave any mess behind! By following these simple guidelines, everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience while enjoying nature’s beauty!

10) Leave No Trace

    • Collect all your trash. Make it your goal to leave a trail more pristine than you found it.
    • Take gallon zip-top plastic bags for day hikes; more refuse supplies for longer journeys.
    • Stay on designated trails. Protect our natural world by leaving only footprints, taking only pictures.



Walnut Creek, California is home to a variety of hiking areas and trails that are excellent for all skills and levels.  Here’s a short list of our favorites:

  • Acalanes Ridge
  • Diablo Foothills Regional Park
  • Shell Ridge Open Space
  • Franco Ranch Loop Trail
  • Fossil Hill Trail
  • Iron horse regional trail access
  • Castle Rock Trail Entrance
  • Rockspring Place trail entrance – Shell Ridge
  • Howe Homestead Park

All of these wonderful hiking areas are located just a short distance from our location at 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 110 in Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!



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