What To Wear On Your Hike In Washington

The weather can change quickly and dramatically in Washington’s mountains, and it’s essential to be prepared for anything Mother Nature feel

Jess Dales

Pacific Northwest

Day Pack : Ospreys  Sirrus 36L Backpack  is my favorite day pack. It’s not the lightest pack I own, but I find that with the support it offers—including padded waist straps—it’s much more comfortable than many ultralight packs. The  Sirrus 24L Backpack , is also a great option. The Sirrus line has an integrated rain cover as well! I also like  Patagonia’s 9 Trails Backpack .

Down Jacket Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket  is my go-to layer for warmth right now. It has an excellent warmth to weight ratio and packs down to nothing in my bag.

Rain Jacket Rab Kinetic Plus Hooded Jacket  is hands down the best waterproof jacket I’ve owned. It’s the perfect blend of comfort and function.

Breathable Base Layer : When you need temperature regulation and comfort over the long haul,  Icebreaker  base layers are a great, environmentally friendly option.

Hiking Boots : I always hesitate to recommend hiking shoes because I know that everyone has different preferences, and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. That being said, I’m on my third pair of  Keen Terridoras  (in three years), and when my current pair falls apart, I’ll probably get another pair.

Good Hiking Socks : Merino fibers naturally resist odor during extended use while also providing superior breathability and softness. I own a few pairs of these  Darn Tough  socks and a couple  Smartwool  socks, and I honestly love them equally.

Ten Essentials : Whether you’re going on a short day hike or camping deep in the backcountry, you should always carry The  TEN ESSENTIALS  for outdoor adventure with you. They might just save your life!

Headlamp : Days are short during October in the Pacific Northwest, so it’s always a good idea to cary a light with you. There are fancier headlamps out there, but I like to keep it simple. The  Petzl Actik Core Headlamp  is easy to operate, very lightweight, and charging is a breeze with a micro-USB or AAA batteries.

Backcountry.com  is also a great resource. Not only do they carry a large variety of widely respected outdoor brands, but their expert Gearheads are also always available to answer specific questions you might have about the right gear for you. Plus, you can get 15% off your entire order by using JESS15 at checkout.