Gear Guide: 8 Hiking Essentials for Fossil Creek
A hike to Fossil Creek sounds like a great plan. It's an even better plan when you pack the right gear!
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Due to inexperienced hikers and thrill-seeking city dwellers, <a href="http://www.gore-tex.com/blog/fossil-springs-trail-guide-waterfall-bound-arizonas-coconino-forest/">Fossil Creek Trail</a> has earned a popular reputation amongst forest rangers as being the hike most visitors come to unprepared. Escaping the summer heat in search for the creek’s renowned waterfall, people often leave some pretty essential items at home: water, good hiking shoes, and sunscreen.</span> <b>List of Hiking Essentials for Fossil Creek</b> <span style="font-weight: 400;">1) Water: <a href="https://www.rei.com/product/846468/osprey-hydraulics-reservoir-2-liter">Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir</a> </span> <img alt="osprey water reservoir" class="image-embed alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/ospreyreservoir.jpg" title="" /> Never skimp on water, ever. This hike is no exception to that rule. A 2-liter reservoir should do the trick for this hike. And what’s great about Osprey’s reservoir is its magnetic strap, which gives you easy access to the bite valve and a convenient place for it to rest. &nbsp; <span style="font-weight: 400;">2) Pack: <a href="https://www.rei.com/product/880838/rei-trail-30-pack">REI Trail 30 Pack</a></span> <img alt="green rei backpack" class="image-embed alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/reibag.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Plenty of pockets, padded straps, AND it comes with a rain cover! This is a great pack if you plan on bringing some extra items to soak in the Fossil Creek waterfall, like a hammock, water shoes, or whatever else your little heart desires.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">3) Shoes: <a href="https://www.rei.com/product/881235/la-sportiva-synthesis-surround-gtx-hiking-boots-mens">La Sportiva Synthesis GORE-TEX</a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">®</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">SURROUND</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">®</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Boots</span> <a href="http://www.gore-tex.com/resources/goretex/static/en_US/surround/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">GORE-TEX</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">®</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">SURROUND</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">®</span></a>&nbsp;<span style="font-weight: 400;">product technology is meant for this kind of hike. It was cool, then hot, dry then wet, but my feet never felt uncomfortable. Along with all the other features, like a heel brake and a very comfortable insole, I never once felt like my feet were on the brink of tears.</span> <img alt="la sportiva hiking boot" class="image-embed alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/lasportivasynthesis.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;">4) Water shoes: <a href="https://www.rei.com/product/733943/chaco-z2-unaweep-sandals-mens">Chaco Z/2 Unaweep Sandals</a> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Seeing a waterfall is why we chose Fossil Creek, but we were aware of the many horror stories of people injuring themselves. Add navigating the slippery rocks near the watering hole to the mix, and you’ll realize having a solid pair of shoes that can get wet will go a long way. Chaco’s Unaweep sandals did the trick in making our waterfall jumps safe.</span> <img alt="chaco sandal" class="image-embed alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/chaco.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;">5) Shell: <a href="http://www.gore-tex.com/product/the-north-face-dryzzle-jacket/1415317982010/">The North Face Dryzzle Jacket</a></span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Driving up to the trailhead, brooding clouds surrounded us. We weren’t sure if a storm was in our future, so I had brought my Dryzzle jacket with GORE-TEX PACLITE® product technology to stay dry if it did start pouring. Thankfully, it didn’t. But, the jacket is so lightweight and packable that I didn’t mind having it there as a fallback.</span> <img alt="north face dryzzle jacket" class="image-embed alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/northfacedryzzle-690x690.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;">6) Shirt: <a href="https://www.rei.com/product/861663/rei-sahara-tech-plaid-shirt-mens">REI Sahara Tech Plaid Shirt</a></span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I had never worn a button up shirt on a day hike before this trip, so I was hesitant that I’d be comfortable. Thanks to the mesh armpits, I didn’t have to worry about sweat building up in my shirt. I took it off as soon as we reached the waterfall and accidentally dropped it into a puddle. I thought I’d be hiking out in a wet shirt, but I threw the exterior locker loop up on a nearby tree and it dried within 30 minutes.</span> <img alt="plaid hiking shirt" class="image-embed alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/reiplaid.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;">7) Shorts: <a href="https://www.rei.com/product/880163/marmot-arch-rock-shorts-mens">Marmot Arch Rock Shorts</a></span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Since I purchased these shorts, I haven’t taken a day hike without them. They’re so lightweight and comfortable, I jumped into the water with them. Shortly after, they were completely dry. The pocket space is limited, but I didn’t really care because I had plenty of room in my pack.</span> <img alt="brown hiking shorts" class="image-embed alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/marmotarch.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;">8) Sunscreen: Goddess Garden Sport <a href="https://www.rei.com/product/889333/goddess-garden-sport-natural-sunscreen-spray-spf-30-34-fl-oz">Natural Sunscreen Spray </a></span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Close to the creek, there’s plenty of tree coverage, but the majority of the hike you’re trekking through an uncovered, sun-baked trail. Even if you’re the type of person that doesn’t burn easily, always pack some sunscreen just in case. What I like about Goddess Garden’s Natural spray is that it doesn’t smell like aerosol, plus you’re not left feeling greasy upon application.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;</span> <img alt="organic sunscreen" class="image-embed alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/sunscreen.jpg" title="" /> <b>Get To It</b> <span style="font-weight: 400;">This is a hike a lot of people underestimate, but with the above gear, you should be able to handle whatever the trail throws at you. Now get some friends together this weekend and head out to Fossil Creek before the crowds start building up.</span></p>
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