When it comes to hiking it can be difficult to figure out whether going it alone or in a group is right for you!
Personally, I think there are a couple of factors at play here that you need to address when making this decision.
How long is the hike you’re going on? Is it an easy 3 miler that you know you’re capable of? A Trail you’ve done countless times before?
Going solo might be a great option for you if this is the case!
If it’s a longer or more technically challenging hike; something you’re not entirely sure you’re ready for?
This sounds like the kind of hike you want to reserve for a group or with a friend.
Difficulty of the Hike
Similar to hike length, how hard is this hike going to be?
There have been longer hikes that I’m not sure I could have completed at the time I did if it weren’t for the amazing people I trekked with encouraging me when I felt weak.
If you’re not sure of your capability to do the hike, make sure you’re with a buddy.
What Do You Hope To Accomplish?
This one might seem odd but bear with me here.
If I had hiked with a group I wouldn’t have had that same experience.
Before you plan your hike take a second to ask yourself what you’ve looking to get out of that experience.
Do you want to bag a difficult peak? Chill for summit beers with some buddies? Go on a fun adventure?
Bringing friends is probably the move here!
Do you want time to reflect? A break from your day to day? A little time to recharge?
Maybe a solo hike will do you some good!
How to Find Your Group
If you’ve read through these questions and decided that a group hike is what you’re looking for but don’t have a group, here are some tips and tricks to finding one in your area!
- Ask a friend! If you’re new to hiking ask a friend who wants to get into it as well, or someone you know who likes to hike!
- Join a group! If you’re a girl, the Mtn Chicks Group is amazing and has a chapter in every state! If you’re not, or just want more options: MeetUp is awesome for finding outdoors groups in your area!
- Reach out through Instagram! I’ve ended up going on a few hikes now with people who have reached out to me through Insta. Make sure you’re being safe about it, but this can be a great
So, there you have it!
I don’t think that solo or group hiking is superior. In fact, I believe that there are tremendous up sides to each.
Just figure out what works best for you, and don’t be afraid to mix things up!
Question: Do you prefer solo or group hikes? Why?