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The right footwear is often vital for a comfortable and enjoyable trail experience. If hiking boots could talk, we'd hear endless stories of proud thru-hikes, evenings on neighborhood trails, and soggy river crossings. Because they cannot, it more often sounds like "flip, flop, slap, shlop, pitter, patter, zooooom." Luckily, you can speak for them!
Show us your favorite trail footwear in action and tell us a brief story about a moment you shared with them on the trail!
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Darn Tough Socks are the best. I have Smart wool too but I tend to lean to the Darn Tough for warmer weather. Love the fun ones. Bear, nature prints. Etc.
This picture is from a random stop while out on the road.
I'm always driving to a new spot on the weekends and I don't always know the trail conditions or whether I will want to stop somewhere along the way. So, I have started keeping most of my basic gear in a container in the back of my car - just in case. But my trail shoes... they kinda live there because I don't like to drive in them anyway. I just change into the appropriate footwear when I get there, lol.
I love that idea to keep the hiking gear in the car. Totally awesome to be trucking down the road and see a spot to explore and bam you are out there loving the moment.
Keep on hiking those random hikes!
You have me joining you on the adventure plan, non plan!💕 Thank you!
My boyfriend and I decided to upgrade our hiking shoes/boots this year and opted to get matching Hoka one one speed goats. I cannot sing their praises enough. These are seriously so comfy and I love that they are water resistant too. Perfect for any day on the trail but the picture below was from our "break our shoes in" hike in Idyllwild, CA.
The most recent photo with my Lowa Renegade GTX Mids, on top of Hogback Mountain overlooking Marquette, MI and Lake Superior.
They've taken me on many adventures and are still going strong after 900 miles!
@Todd_the_Hiker I've heard so much about the amazing natural spaces in Michigan, especially in the UP. What's your recommendation for a must-do hike in your area? I'm also a big fan of the Lowa Renegade, solid boot with lightweight comfort!
On our most recent trip to the U.P. we day hiked the Dead River Falls trail (photo below) and to the top of Hogback Mountain, both in the Marquette area and both highly recommended as great day hikes.
Just one of the many waterfalls on the Dead River Falls Trail, Marquette, MI.
For bigger adventures, I'd suggest Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you can only do one day hike there, the Chapel Beach - Grand Portal Point (photo below) - Mosquito River loop is a must do in my book; but if you have a chance to do a multi-day trip across the entire lakeshore I recommend that, as well. Backcountry sites need to be reserved well ahead of time, and the post-labor day time is ideal for both insects and weather.
Grand Portal Point, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI.
In the western U.P. I'd suggest Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. If only a day hike is possible, the Escarpment Trail is spectacular and also has a few backcountry sites with incredible views (photo below). Longer backpacking loop routes, combining several different trails, are also possible, and recommended if the time and desire are there. The same comments on reservations and time of year apply here, as well.
Sunset view over Lake of the Clouds from backcountry campsite ES-1, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon, MI.