The Canadian Rockies are a dream come true for hiking enthusiasts. There are hundreds of trails to suit all experience levels, from leisurely wetland boardwalk strolls to challenging mountaintop scrambles. Your hiking efforts are rewarded with astonishing views – icy blue mirror-like glacial lakes, towering craggy peaks dusted with snow, surreal bulbous rock formations, dense green pine forests and roaring rivers rushing through yawning canyons.
However, before you strap on your hiking shoes and head out into the Rocky Mountain wilderness there are a few things that you should know. Hiking in this region can be dangerous, especially due to the unpredictable weather and the wildlife. There have been serious injuries and deaths on the trails, often due to hikers being uninformed and unprepared.
1. Check the Weather Forecast
Check the weather report before you plan a hike so that you know what to expect. If the forecast calls for rain, be wary of steep mountain trails. The rain will lead to muddy pathways which can make it easier to slip and fall.
Also, consider the fact that as you climb in elevation the climate and weather will change. The temperature will drop and it can rain or snow without much notice. Pack layers of clothing and waterproof gear just in case.