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5 Summer Hiking Tips

1) Seek higher ground. The high elevations of the Smoky Mountain National park top out at temperatures in the mid 70s, so if you want to beat the heat, head high.

2) Stay hydrated. During vigorous hikes in the heat you want to consume a liter of water an hour. Hydration packs are a great way to carry a lot of water without really noticing the weight.

3) Wear breathable, fast drying clothing. Products like Patagonia’s Capilene will keep you cool and will make the whole experience more enjoyable.

4) Prepare for the weather. Summer is a great season to hike but pop up thunderstorms in the afternoons are very common. Always pack a lightweight rain jacket just in case, and don’t forget to look at the forecast before you go.

5) Beat the crowds. Summertime is the most popular time to get out on the trails. If you are heading out, wake up just a little earlier and be the first to the trailhead. You will have the chance to enjoy the setting instead of the people, and it’s a good feeling to be hiking down as everyone is slogging up.

Thomas Krajewski, Activities Manager June 1, 2011