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Hiking in California: Everything You Need and Nothing You Don’t

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California or “The Golden State” has a beautiful landscape from the north all the way down to the south. This beautiful state is the third-largest in the United States and also the most populated. There is plenty to do in Cali, but if you’re ever in Pleasanton you should definitely take advantage of its beautiful hiking trails. This guide will provide you with everything you need when preparing to go hiking in California.

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Make a list of your gear

Making a list of all your gear will ensure that you don’t forget anything when preparing to go hiking. Don’t you hate it when you forget something when you go to the store? You won’t want to forget something when in preparation for hiking because it can be crucial for your trip. Be sure to have a nice pair of hiking boots ready for your trip as well.

You will want to get all of your clothing ready for the trip as well, so prepare for the weather. If you don’t have the right clothing for the weather you can get a poncho. Ponchos are perfect all year round for a nice throw-over to keep you nice and warm, they’re cozy, detailed, distinct, and colorful.


Get a sense of the land

You will always want to get a lay of the land that you will be going hiking. You will want to figure out if there is any wildlife or poisonous plants that you will be around. Also, you will want to know if it is hunting season so you know to wear bright colors for hunters to be able to spot you. You’ll want to know if any of the trails you plan to go on are blocked due to any upcoming weather or maintenance. Pleasanton has some really beautiful trails such as Martin Canyon Creek Trail, Pleasanton Ridge National Park, and many more.


Be sure to watch for ticks!

Some ticks such as deer ticks are carriers of Lyme Disease and according to scientists, they believe global warming could be causing ticks to survive longer and how long they’re capable of feeding. They can also carry a wide range of different diseases and infections. While you’re hiking, always try to remember to check yourself for ticks. The last thing you want to do is to end up with any illnesses from something that could have been prevented.


Bring a friend, family member, or your pooch

You’ll want to bring a friend or family member with you in case of an emergency. You will also want to let anyone at camp know if you do decide to go off on a walk on your own. One of the last things you’ll want to do is be stuck pr get lost somewhere that you aren’t capable of getting cell coverage. So you will not want to wander off of the trail. But, if you do decide to go solo you will want to let someone at home know that you went hiking and bring items such as a map, compass, satellite messenger(in case of no cell phone coverage), and a portable charger for your cell phone.

In case you want to bring your dog with you be sure to grab the best dog harness at Joyride Harness. You will want to be able to have a close grip on your pup in case any wildlife decides to roam upon them. You will also want to be sure to check your pooch for any ticks after you’re done on your hike because it can also be a tick carrier. Whether you have a small dog or a large dog, you will have much better control with a Joyride Harness. They are made from durable material and come in different colors and different sizes. They are the best harness you can find on the market and they are a good fit around your dog’s chest. No more hard time with a dog collar.


Bring plenty of water and enough food to last you for the duration of the hike

Lastly, you will want to bring enough water and food for your hike in case you will be gone for a long period of time. As much as some water looks clean, leave it for the wildlife because it could make you very sick. Another thing to be careful about is anything you think may think is edible, avoid eating because it could be poisonous.



Hi, I’m Thea.

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