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Hiking and Snowshoe Supply List

Apex Park and Recreation District hike and snowshoe trips require varying skill levels, endurance, and pace. Hikers must be healthy and have the stamina, endurance, balance, and skills to hike Colorado’s mountains and foothill trails safely. Please be prepared for rapidly changing weather, especially afternoon rain or snow at higher elevations. We do not recommend cotton, as it gets very cold and does not dry quickly. We ask you to come prepared for hike and snowshoe trips for your and the group’s comfort and safety. All hikes and snowshoes are in the foothills or mountains and on dirt, snow, or gravel trails. All trail conditions could include tree roots, rocks, ruts, or mud. You are encouraged to check or for detailed information on trails.

For more information on day trip registration, accessibility, etiquette, questions, or concerns, please contact Lynn Weis, [email protected], or 303.425.9583 or Sarah Heaton at [email protected], or 303.467.7193.

Essential Checklist for All Hikes and Snowshoes

  • Backpack or fanny pack to carry everything (please, no handheld bags)
  • Waterproof boots or footwear with good support and lugged soles for traction
    • Warm socks (not cotton)
    • Break-in boots or shoes before the hike
    • No open-toed shoes or sandals
  • At least two quarts of water
  • Extra layer of clothing (rain poncho or wind jacket)
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with brim
  • ID and proof of insurance
  • Whistle (very important if you get separated from the group)
  • Small first aid kit and any medications that you need
  • Duct tape (you do not need a lot, but it comes in handy for repairs)
  • Cell phone (does not always work in the mountains)

Additional Items for Snowshoe

  • Snowshoes and poles, if you need to rent, please do so the night before.
  • Yaktracs
  • Warm and waterproof coat and pants
  • Warm boots and a double layer of socks
  • Warm hat or headband that covers ears


Take precautions not to overload your pack with weight

  • Extra spending money for after the hike
  • Poles or walking stick (helpful)
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Lip balm
  • Bird, wildflower, and animal ID books
  • Extra shoes to change into on the drive