Always make sure the hike you are planning is not too advanced for your current skill
level. Be aware of elevations, water availability, weather conditions, as well as
an emergency back up plan in case of the unexpected.
Plan your hike in weather conditions you are used to. You don’t want to be hiking
in snow covered mountains with ice picks when you have never experienced this situation.
Consider hiking with a friend or a group on your first hike. Taking a short hike
with someone with more experience can be a great way to learn the ropes.
When planning your trip. Pick a location that is easy to access for you and plan
on transportation to and from the hike. Leaving your car at the starting point and
having no plan on the end point can be a huge issue.
Pack only what you need! Your body will thank you when your backpack is 20 lbs lighter
than originally planned. Pay attention to the weight of items and that they will
suit your needs for that particular trail and weather. That heavy sleeping bag may
not be useful on a short hot hike in the summer time.