A Guide to Urban Hiking

Last updated: March 22, 2023, at 5:00 a.m. PT

Originally published: August 18, 2020, at 3:59 p.m. PT

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Many of us want to try new activities outside, but it can be intimidating to know where to even start! Luckily, all it takes to embark on your first urban hike is to take a step outside your own door. We’ve put together a few tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe and have fun while you explore your own neighborhood! 

Essential Items

  • Comfortable Shoes: Walking on pavement can be hard on the feet and knees, so we recommend supportive, cushioned, closed-toed shoes.
  • Water: If you’re planning to be moving outside for longer than 30 minutes, it’s always a great idea to bring water along!
  • Sun Protection: Throw on a hat, and don’t forget the sunscreen! 

Optional Things to Consider 

  • A Plan: Some people designate a “summit” for their urban hike. Try walking somewhere you’ve only ever driven before – like your school or the library – or getting to the top of a big hill on a clear day and looking for Mt. Rainier!
  • A Picnic: If your route takes you to a park or green space, consider packing a lunch to enjoy outside!

There are endless possibilities for urban hikes, but only one rule: no backtracking! Try not to travel on the same street twice, and you’ll get to see your neighborhood from a new perspective. 

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