Our Recommendations for the Best Hiking Gear
When you come to Sedona to hike, you want to have the best hiking gear. A good pair of hiking boots, a wide brim sun hat, sunscreen and plenty of water is a good place to start. Once you start shopping for gear, you will find a lot of things that will make your hike more enjoyable. An experienced hiker may want a handheld GPS device or a full backpack. A beginning hiker will just need the basics like a good hat or water bottle. It is up to you how much you want to carry on your adventure, but most people will want to go light.
There is a funny meme on the internet. It describes an overly prepared hiker on the trail. The hiker has all of the best hiking gear, latest gadgets and expensive clothing, the meme’s caption reads “Relax Dude! My toddler just hiked the same trail in his diaper and bare feet.” We’ve put together a list of some of the basics to get you started for your hike in Sedona.
Hiking Shoes and Boots
The hiking trails in Sedona are dusty, sandy, rocky and slick. The best hiking gear includes comfortable hiking shoes or boots with a good tread. A good pair of shoes with ankle support in highly recommended. There are many stories of people who twisted their ankle and had to be rescued. Keen makes a comfortable hiking boot called the Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot. This boot provides great traction and is sturdy enough to climb rocks of all sizes. The ankle support is really good and since they are waterproof, you will not have to worry about getting your feet wet when you cross the creek.
People often ask if it is okay to hike in sandals. Several companies make good hiking sandals. In Arizona, cactus needles and spiky trees are common. If you wander off the trail, you will be picking thorns out of your feet for weeks after your visit.
Wide Brim Sun Hat
The Arizona sun is brutal. Even on a cloudy day you are likely to get sunburned. That is why you need a wide brim sun hat to keep the sun off your face and neck. We love the GearTop UPF 50+ Hiking Hat. This lightweight hat is made for men and women and comes in 5 different colors. It is made from polyester with a breathable mesh to keep your head cool. The best part is that this hat is foldable and it fits nicely in your suitcase or carry on.
Long Sleeve Sun Shirt
In addition to protecting your face from the sun, you will need a long sleeve shirt to protect your arms from sunburning. A shirt with a high UPF and sweat wicking material is perfect for hiking in the Arizona desert. The Columbia Store offers a huge selection of these shirts in all colors and styles. We like the Columbia Women’s Sun Trek Long Sleeve Shirt. Columbia also makes fishing shirts that will keep the sun off you too.
Day Pack or Backpack
A small backpack is perfect for carrying your hiking essentials. Most people carry a water bottle, some snacks and their cell phone. Why not keep all of those items in an easily accessible backpack? That is why we like the Sunhiker Water Resistant Travel Backpack. It is a smaller, lightweight bag and has plenty of pockets with room for your necessities and water bottles. It is perfect for a short-day hike on your favorite Sedona trail.
Stay hydrated on the trail. On a hot summer day, you will need plenty of water on the trail. Nalgene makes great water bottles that are BPA-free, leakproof and dishwasher safe. The Nalgene Tritan Narrow Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle is durable, lightweight and made in the United States. It has a narrow opening so you can chug your water without worrying about spilling it down your face and chin.
Trekking Poles are also known as hiking poles or walking sticks. These trekking poles are not a necessity for new hikers, but if you have bad knees or poor balance, you may benefit from buying a set. Foxelli Trekking Poles are made from carbon fiber, so they are lightweight. They also have padded straps and cork grips that mold to the shape of your hands. The length of the poles is adjustable with lever locks. It is easy to adjust the height of the poles and it can be done with only one hand. The best part about these poles is that they collapse so you can pack them in your suitcase.
Now that you have your hiking gear, time to go on one of Sedona’s Best Hikes or take a hike around the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Want to know what else to pack for your Sedona trip, visit our Sedona Packing List or check out our Sedona Tour Guide Shop on Esty for T-shirts and Souvenirs.