Select a hike a little shorter than the distance you can normally walk on a level or paved surface. To estimate the time required to hike the trail, figure a pace of roughly 2-miles per hour. Next, review the elevation changes and add an hour to your estimated hiking time for every 1000 feet of gain.
Many of the trails in the Gunnison National Park offer spectacular views without requiring too much effort. Just a short walk from the visitor centre will bring you to the edge of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which, at 549 meters deep, is one of the deepest and steepest canyons in the world. Many of the trails along the North and South rim of the canyon are very accessible, so you can choose the level of challenge you want.
Pack the 10 essentials
The 10 essentials have gradually shifted from a list of items to a list of systems. These are the systems you should pack to stay safe in the outdoors, including facing a potential overnight. Depending on the length and remoteness of your hike, expand or minimize each system. For example, on a short summer hike near services, a compact emergency blanket should be fine. However, a remote winter hike would require something more extensive. Here are the 10 essential systems:
Keep it light.
Okay, now that I’ve told you to pack all of this stuff, I’m going to tell you to keep your pack light. This means opting for the lightest of each item. For example, a travel size tube of sunscreen instead of the NoAd 16-ounce tube you found on sale.