What to Pack

All Hikes

Boots or Sturdy Shoes

Make sure they have a good tread – no flats, casual shoes or sandals. A mid-top shoe or boot is encouraged as it helps with ankle support.

Comfortable, Athletic Clothing

Avoid cotton or heavy materials. Synthetics are best for keeping you cool and dry in the summer, and warm in the winter

Sun Protection

Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are always encouraged, even on days that begin cloudy.

Any Personal Medications

Examples include, but not limited to, inhaler, Epi-Pen, insulin, glucose tablets, etc.

Light Jacket or Raincoat

Even in the summer it can get chilly in the mountains, and rainstorms can often be unpredictable.

Water & Snacks

Always have at least 1 liter of water and a variety of calories when heading out for a hike. Light snacks are provided at no extra cost.

Winter Hikes

Hiking in the winter is incredibly rewarding and invigorating – but requires some extra planning and gear. Below are the winter requirements for half-day hikes in the winter. For full day hikes, your guide will reach out ahead of time with any additional gear requirements.


Base layer, a mid layer, and an outer jacket/shell. Avoid cotton, as it becomes incredibly cold when wet.


A warm winter glove, preferably with water resistance or proofing. Avoid knit or lightweight gloves. For hikes on particularly cold days, a glove liner and outer glove or mitten is recommended.

Head Warmth

A beanie, balaclava, gaiter or other form of keeping your noggin’ toasty.

Gaiters (optional)

Keep snow out of your boots and pants with this helpful accessory. While not mandatory – they vastly improve your winter hiking experience. Available for lend if needed.

Heavy Winter Socks

Keeping your feet and toes warm and comfortable is essential in the winter. A heavier winter sock of wool or a synthetic blend is encouraged.

Water Bottle – No Camelbaks!

Camelbak and hydration pack tubes can quickly freeze in the winter. Make sure to have a wide mouth bottle or thermos.

Please note that the list above is for when you are heading out with an Upstate Hiking Guide. If you are hiking alone, your packing list should also include the 10 essentials and winter safety gear.

Gear and Equipment

Any required equipment (e.g. micro spikes, snowshoes, bug spray, etc) is provided by Upstate Hiking during your hiking experience. Select recommended items are available for lend at no extra charge, based on availability.

For more information about the specific gear that we use as well as what we recommend for taking to the trails on your own, visit the Upstate Gear Bag page.


Essential for hiking on snowy or icy terrain. We use Kahtoolas, and if needed, are provided at no extra charge.

Trekking Poles

Significantly help with stability and reducing knee/joint impacts.


When snow depths are more than a few inches, snowshoes may be required depending on hike. Most hikes, we can provide at no charge if needed.


We’ve got some extra hiking backpacks if needed (40 – 60 liter capacities).

Above lists may change based on seasons and weather. Please check with your guide prior to your trip if you are at all unsure of what to wear and what to pack. Upstate Hiking is hear to help!

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