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As long summer days become the norm, there is more time than ever to get outside and hike in the mornings or late afternoons. We’ve put together 5 summer hiking tips to help you plan and keep cool as you look forward to your next summer adventure. 

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1. Hydrate

On a warm summer day, it’s important to make sure that you prepare for the extra heat and hot sun by staying properly hydrated. Be sure to pack a water bottle or a hydration pack with enough water for your adventure, and even consider adding electrolytes for additional hydration. 

Photo by Evan Wise on Unsplash shows a red hydroflask reusable water bottle on a summer hike.

2. Be Prepared for Sun

Protecting yourself from the sun by using sunscreen or wearing clothing with a UPF rating like the Ponderosa Pant (which has UPF40) not only helps keep you on the trail longer, but can help you feel better in the days to come, too. UPF rated clothing blocks both UVB and UVA radiation and is one of the most reliable ways to protect your skin from the sun when outside. 

3. Check the Weather 

Summer weather may seem predictable, but afternoon thunderstorms or flash floods can seem to come out of nowhere if you’re unprepared on the trail. Always check the weather and prepare to summit before any forecasted storms for your safety, and pack the appropriate gear.

Photo by NOAA on Unsplash shows a summer storm on a desert mountain scene

4. Plan for Shade

Temperatures tend to be cooler and shade more prevalent in the early morning or evening when the sun isn’t directly overhead. Plan your hikes during these cooler times or stick to tree-covered hikes to avoid heat exhaustion. 

5. Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion occurs when your body is exposed to excessive heat, often accompanied by dehydration. It is usually treatable if caught right away, but can ruin a fun day on the trail or lead to more serious issues like a heat stroke. Look out for key symptoms like nausea, dizziness, or confusion, and find shade, water, and rest immediately. Learn more about heat exhaustion, here