If you are going hiking for the first time, be realistic and avoid going on the really long trails or hiking a trail that has a lot of elevation gain/loss. Choose a trail that is comfortable for you so that you can enjoy your first hiking experience.
When you are with a group, then choose the trail that suites everyone and everybody can enjoy the trail. It is advisable to look for trails with lot of options, so that you can plan accordingly. Do not carry unnecessary weight while you are on trail. Take lot of water. Obviously it is import for you to be hydrated while hiking.
Time limitations are very important when analyzing your total hike time. You should set up a turn-around time before you begin your trail to make sure you come back on time. First step is, remove travel time to the trail and from the trail. And analyze how much time you are actually hiking. If you are hiking moderately flat topography, then share the remaining time to turn-around time. In case you are hiking up hill, then two third of your time should be used to go up the mountain and one third should be used to come back. Plan it according to the steepness.
Time constraints should be applicable for unplanned stops like wildlife sightings, nature calls, and photo section, etc.
Established trails are easier to hike than trailblazing. While in the National Parks, most of trail hiking is prohibited.
Elevation trails will takes more time compare to long distance.
1. 0-500 feet is for beginners
2. 500-2000 feet is a easy hike, for slightly enthused walker
3. 2000-3500 is moderate hiking, good for people who perform regular exercises
4. 3500-5500 feet is advanced, and it is good for people who are physically fit
Will there be water available, or do you need to carry it all with you? Consider factors such as temperature and expected physical exertion when determining how much water to take (remember the weight of the water will add to the exertion).
Water is very important factor, so even if there is water on the trail, it is still good idea to carry your own bottles of water to keep you hydrated. Though it adds the weight, you still need to carry plenty of water for safer side.
Appraise predictable weather conditions. It is advisable to start your hiking early and avoid reaching the peak during afternoon, because there is lot of chance to develop thunderstorms. Also early hike keeps your cool.
Observe 10 days weather pattern before you plan your hiking trip. It’s best to be flexible with your trip date. Check the hourly forecast the night before your hiking trip. This will give you an idea about the weather pattern, so that you can plan your trip accordingly.
If you are hiking with friends, family or group then you should consider their limitation as well. Talk about their hiking goals and trip constraints for better planning.
Make sure that you have packed everything that is required for your trip.
Keeping all these constraints in mind and plan your hiking trip accordingly. All these guidelines can help your plan your trip efficiently and you can enjoy your hiking without any difficulty. Have a nice hiking experience. Plant it well and enjoy