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Ponderosa Pants



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 7 reviews
Best hiking pants EVER

I’ve been waiting to buy a pair of the Alpine Parrot Ponderosa pant, I’m not sure why I was waiting. These are the most comfortable, versatile hiking pants I’ve ever had. I’m a size 14 woman that loves the outdoors but hates wearing jeans or any pants that make me sweat. Tried these pants out in Arkansas, which can be a bit muggy. These pants didn’t disappoint. No sticking, no sweating on my legs/belly areas. How awesome is that? Super comfortable and well put together. I’m saving to buy a few more for daily life. Thanks Alpine Parrot for putting together a great product for women who don’t fit the “skinny” mold. Get yourself a pair, you will not regret it!


The attention to detail in the design is delightful and the fabric is so comfortable. It took me a couple tries to get the right size, but the staff were SO helpful and now I have the perfect pair. Grateful for inclusive size AND shape design. Will be back, for sure!


Hiking pants have been a difficult buy for size reasons. I'm elated to have a pair that fits as well as these Pondos!! Love the mountain fit and will be buying a second pair.

Emily W
Fourth pair of Ponderosa Pants for the win!

This is my fourth pair of Pondersosa Pants. I have three in the original design that are still going strong, but I wanted to try the new sizing for 18 River. I really like the extra room in the waist in the new design.

Rae Carroll
So good 😊

First time buyer and I’ll be back. I ordered these because I love finding companies that understand how women are built. The size I ordered was perfect size 16 mountain cut. The only suggestion I could think of would be to offer petite length. I’m sure I’ll be able to get these hemmed but for now I’ll just do the roll up which I love that they have included. Great job 👏

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.