Is it just me or does it seem like we went from nice Fall weather to wait, is the is Summer, and then back to really cold weather way to fast. Just when you're getting yourself outdoors and the colder temperatures and Mother Nature says "not so fast."

As early as the beginning of November parts of the Hudson Valley could potentially see a little dusting of snow. Does that mean the days of wandering trails and enjoying fall weather seems to have come to an end? No, you can still still enjoy all the outdoor fun we have in the area, but it does mean that you will need to plan ahead before heading  to your favorite hiking trails.

What to consider before a winter hike in New York State?

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) posted on their Facebook page today that we should be thinking before we head out.  This time of year conditions on trails can change quickly so it is important if you are heading out for the day that you have checked the local weather. 

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3 "Must Do" things before heading out on a winter hike

The NYS DEC has posted some great hiking tips along with lists of trails for each season on their official website It is always a good idea to tell someone what your plan is for the day. You should also pack snacks and water. This time of year adding an extra coat along with gloves, warm socks and a hat is also no a bad plan.

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Do you need special shoes to go winter hiking?

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Photo by Sergei A on Unsplash

When I head out anywhere this time of year I tend to put a little extra clothing in the car on the off chance I need something warmer. Shoes are also important. I have an extra pair of water proof boots I keep in case my feet could potentially get wet. We could also discuss wool socks, but we will leave that for another time.

Do not stop enjoying the great outdoors just because winter weather is closing in on us. Make sure you plan for your trip so that you don't get stuck out in the cold or worse on a trail with the wrong equipment.

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