It doesn’t have to be the middle of winter to make cold weather a concern on your hiking trip. Depending on where you live and where you’re hiking, you can encounter cold temperatures any time of year that can make your trip uncomfortable, or worse, cause a serious injury or illness.

To have a more pleasant adventure, first arm yourself with some tips and knowledge for cold-weather hiking, including:

  • Proper cold-weather clothing and gear
  • Food and hydration
  • Cold-related injuries and illnesses 


Clothing and Gear Tips for Cold-Weather Hiking

detail of a hiker wearing layers

To stay comfortable on a cold-weather hike, it’s critical to wear the right clothing and carry the right gear.