Hiking Preparation Resources: Choosing the right resource that you can trust to provide accurate information is important in not only making safe passage, but educating you to trail and weather conditions amid personal hands on trip reports. Educate and know before you go! Here is a list of such resources we use at MAD Hippies Life before heading out in to the Colorado backcountry.
Remember, hiking can be dangerous anytime of year. It is your responsibility to be prepared and educated before heading out.
Visit the MAD Hippies Life YouTube Channel to view our experiences on the trail
Articles, Lists and Helps:
- Expert Advice by REI Articles by topic, ranging from Mountaineering to Paddleboarding and all points in between.
Sun and Moon Phase Calculators
- Time and Date AS “Time and Date AS is a multicultural team with a “can do” attitude. We’re committed to making useful, accurate and reliable products for all our users.”
- Mountain Forecast “Dedicated mountain weather forecasts for more than 11200 (and growing) major summits for climbers and mountaineers, provided for up to 5 different elevations.”
- Weather5280 “Providing timely, cutting-edge collaborative forecasts, weather news and analysis for Denver, Colorado, the Front Range, and the United States.”
- Weather Underground “Our brand mission is to make quality weather information available to every person on this planet. No matter where you live in the world or how obscure an activity you require weather information for – we will provide you with as much relevant, local weather data as we can uncover.”
Wildfire and Snow Conditions:
- Colorado Avalanche Information Center “The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is a program within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Executive Director’s Office. The program is a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Transportation (CDOT), and the Friends of the CAIC (FoCAIC) a 501c3 group. The mission of the CAIC is to provide avalanche information, education and promote research for the protection of life, property and the enhancement of the state’s economy.”
- National Avalanche Center “Avalanches kill more people on National Forests than any other natural hazard. Each winter, approximately 30 people die in avalanches in the United States, and nearly all of these deaths involve recreation on National Forests.The Forest Service believes in providing reasonably safe recreational opportunities for the public. As such, our goal is to provide information, education, and planning tools designed to reduce avalanche risk and improve backcountry and ski area safety.”
- Wildfire Information Resource Center “Dedicated to informing the public, state officials and the media about Colorado wildfires. This site includes details about current fires burning as well as fire prevention and mitigation information.”
- CoTrip Interactive map, live cams, route information and travel alerts all at your fingertips.
- FunTreks Is that trailhead on a 4X4 road? Find out the difficulty before you get there!
- TrailDamage Is that trailhead on a 4X4 road? Find out the difficulty before you get there!
Trail Maps, Reports and Conditions:
- ProTrails “Provides detailed hiking, biking and trail running descriptions, maps and community tools for connecting outdoor enthusiasts.”
- ORIC Outdoor Recreation Information Center is a comprehensive website as well physical desk at the downtown Denver REI flagship store that assists and educates outdoor before their next adventure.
- National Forest Service “The Forest Service publishes a variety of map products to help you plan your next adventure or enjoy your next visit!”
- National Park Service “Ready to head out or want to learn more about any one of America’s national parks?”
- Sky Terrain Topographical Trail Maps “Sky Terrain maps feature award winning cartography in which science and art are combined to create the best possible maps. Each map is custom designed. Graphic excellence, composition, field scouting & detail work are all top notch.”