There’s a saying about mountain weather: If you want it to change, wait five minutes. You can set out in nothing but sunshine and midway through the hike wish you’d brought a rain jacket. We can pretty much sum up our advice in two words: wear layers. This way you’ll be prepared for a range of temperatures (remember, the higher up you hike, the colder it will get). Of course, you can hike in jeans or shorts, a T-shirt, and sturdy athletic shoes, but clothing made from quick-drying technical fabrics will be more comfortable. We suggest a shirt made of a lightweight synthetic fabric, a warm mid-layer top fleece, and a lightweight rain shell. You’ll also want to bring a hat or visor and some sunblock.
As for your feet, whether you wear traditional above-the-ankle hiking boots or a sturdy pair of shoes depends on the terrain you want to tackle. On rocky terrain, you’ll want a boot with hefty soles that will protect your feet from “stone bruises” and provide enough support and stability to keep you from twisting an ankle. On smoother terrain, you can wear shoes resemble running shoes but have extra traction.