Mountain Hiking Guides and Gear

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You’ll want to choose gear that is rated for the most extreme conditions possible. And always have a good dependable excursion best mulcher blade.

Mountaineering Guides

There are many guides to choose from many different locations. The two most popular mountain hiking destinations are the Rocky Mountains and Smoky Mountains.

Some excursion guides have more detail than others and some may be more up to date than others.

Some information you will find is:

  • Complete trail descriptions with maps and photos
  • Hikes rated by skill levels
  • Elevation gains
  • Estimated hiking times
  • Best seasons to go
  • Driving directions
You can browse all of the mountain excursion guides here. Below are recommended excursion guides based on reviews from readers.

Rocky Mountain Hiking Guides

  1. An Outdoor Family Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park – 5 of 5 Stars
  2. Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Map – 5 of 5 Stars
  3. Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker’s Guide: A Scenic Guide to 33 Favorite Hikes Including Longs Peak – 4.8 of 5 Stars
  4. Frommer’s Rocky Mountain National Park, Third Edition – 4.5 of 5 Stars
  5. Rocky Mountain National Park: Classic Hikes and Climbs – 4 of 5 Stars

Smoky Mountain Hiking Guides

  1. Day and Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2nd – 5 of 5 Stars
  2. 100 Hikes in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Second Edition – 4 of 5 Stars
  3. 50 Hikes in the Mountains of North Carolina: Walks and Hikes from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Great Smokies, Second Edition – 4 of 5 Stars
  4. Trial by Trail: Backpacking in the Smoky Mountains – 3.8 of 5 Stars

Mountain Hiking Gear

The gear that you bring with you mountain hiking must be rated for the most extreme weather and most difficult terrain.

Mountain Hiking Boots

If you own a pair of light or medium hiking boots you will want to upgrade to a high quality mountaineering boot.

The La Sportiva Makalu Mountaineering Boot is a very popular boot among mountaineers for it’s great support, fast break in time and comfortable fit.

Browse all Men’s Hiking Boots at

Tents and Shelters

Your shelter should be sturdy and be able to withstand high winds, snow and any possible weather you might expect. Check out the Camping Tents Guide for information on how to choose the right tent.

On extended mountain hiking trips weight will be a big issue. If you want a shelter for one person look into purchasing a bivy sack. You can either go for lightweight minimalist bivy such as the Bibler Winter Bivy Sack. Or if comfort is your priority and don’t mind a little extra weight check out the Bibler Tripod Bivy.

Check out all bivy sacks and solo tents at here.


For mountain hiking you will want to choose an internal frame rather than external. Internal frames provide more stability on rougher terrain.

The Gregory Reality Backpack has been a best seller for years due to it’s versatility and convenient full front access. Backpacker Magazine hailed the Reality, The King of Comfort. This pack is great for quick packing and it allows you to quickly see and access all of your gear.

Browse all backpacks at here.

Sleeping Bags

Choose your sleeping bags comfort rating by the coldest nighttime temperatures you expect to encounter—and maybe even exceed that number for little security.

Even in summer, a +35° bag may leave you feeling chilly when sleeping at higher elevations. Even if you normally sleep in warm-weather, yet plan to routinely camp at higher elevations (3,000 feet and up), choose a bag with a comfort rating at least in the 20s.

Browse all sleeping bags at here.

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