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Ponderosa Pants

$104.25 $139.00


The Ponderosa Pants are our flagship, award-winning product that were designed from scratch to shake up the industry. The "Pondos," as we lovingly call them, are a wardrobe staple whether you're traveling, summiting a new peak, walking your dog around the block, or grabbing a coffee with a friend. Featuring an abrasion-resistant fabric, 5 pockets, a built-in belt and more, they were made with extensive feedback from real, amazing people, and were designed to be your adventure bffs.

For Spring 2024, we've updated the fit to have more room in the waist across both Fit Styles, so be sure to check out the size chart (even if you already own a pair!) to get your perfect fit. 

Free US-based returns & exchanges.


Want the 2023 version? Buy from our previous inventory of Ponderosa Pants, on sale here.

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Fabric & Care

Easy-care, planet-friendly, abrasion-resistant fabric with two-way stretch and UPF 40 protection.

94% nylon / 6% elastane.

Wash in cold water with a mild detergent. Tumble dry on low heat or hang to dry. We don’t recommend ironing your pants, but you can use the nylon setting (low heat) for a quick touch-up if needed.


A curved, high-rise, adjustable waistband to hug your body in all the right ways

A built-in belt to give you just the right fit and prevent sagging

Five pockets, each designed to fit a cell phone: two front pockets; one thigh pocket with zipper; two back pockets—one with a zipper, one with a fold closure.

Key ring for attaching a carabiner for keys or other accessories.

Convertible-to-capri cuffs to adjust for length, weather, or adventure.

Alpine Parrot's signature pops of color throughout.

Size & Fit

Tested on hundreds of fit models and developed from the ground up, the Ponderosa Pants come in two unique Fit Styles to celebrate your shape and move with you.

We highly recommend checking out the size chart and choosing the size that fits you best, according to your measurements.

If your measurements are a perfect match for a given size, they'll fit like a pair of trousers. For a more leggings-like fit, choose the River if you're a Mountain, or size down if you're a River; for a looser fit, choose the Mountain if you're a River, or size up if you're a Mountain.

When rolled up, the inseam of the pants decreases by approximately 10". 

Customer Reviews

Based on 45 reviews
Stephanie Griffith
The only thing I hike in!

I'm 5'3 with very short legs and a larger belly than hips..these are still too long (my mom hemmed them 4in for me!) but other than that they're a dream. The built in belt is great because I am very sensitive to things feeling too tight, so I size up and wear them loose during the drive or calmer walks but tighten the belt when being active. This is my second pair and the first one has held up like a dream with many adventures and washes. I agree that back pockets being a bit more on the side would make them more comfortable when sitting with things in them.

Linda Coats
Love them!

I really like them but need you to offer them in short size ~had to shorten them a lot!

Perfect fit!

These hiking pants were exactly what I was looking for! Perfect length and perfect fit for my curvy pear shape!

Princess Musick

I’m as curvy as they come. Big hips/butt, love handles, and a small waist. I literally despise shopping for pants but man, I hit the jackpot! I wish Alpine Parrot made other types of pants too 😅

Finally Big Girl Pants

So after years of being plus sized (size 18) and countless disappointments with conventional "plus sized hiking gear", Alpine Parrot has actually made the most amazing hiking pants. The fit is spot on, no large gaps at the waist, no pinching areas, inseam is perfect if you want to wear the natural length. Fabric is soft yet durable. 10/10

Let's Play Matchmaker.

The Ponderosa Pants come in two unique Fit Styles, designed by the Alpine Parrot team from the ground up and tested by hundreds of real people to ensure an incredible fit. There's a reason they're considered one of the best plus size hiking pants on the market. Find your match based on your waist to hip ratio below, and prepare for adventure.

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Mountain Fit

If you often find yourself sizing up to accommodate your hips, but then sacrificing a secure right fit on your waist, the Mountain Fit may be your match.

Say goodbye to waist gape and wear pants that celebrate you.

River Fit

For those with a similar waist to hip ratio, the River Fit is ready to love and hug your every curve.

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The hiking pants you never knew existed.


Carefully chosen materials

Made with bluesign certified fabric and dyes, with clever fabric and trim usage: we're doing our part for people and planet.

Ditch the backpack

With five pockets that are all designed to fit your cell phone, you can take all of your accessories, keeping them close at hand.

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Made for adventure

Features like convertable-to-capri cuffs make the Ponderosa Pants versitile and ready for whatever your day has planned.