Preliminary day hikes are a key to pre-hike training.  After a few, initial day hikes,  build your expected backpack and wear it for the remainder of the practice hikes. (Added benefit: this enables you to consider the pack’s contents and make a few changes before the real thing.)  Also, where possible, include others who will be participating in the actual hike.  (Added benefit: this allows you to spend time with the other hikers before the actual hike, developing friendships, general communications and discussion/ anticipation of the proposed hike.) The following training hikes were part of my training activities in Northern California in preparation for the Ireland trek in 2018.

Lafayette Reservoir – (Reservoir Rim Trail, Lafayette, CA)

Gateway to Canyon – (near Moraga, CA)

4th of July Lake – (near Silver Lake, CA)

Thunder Mountain Trail – (near Silver Lake, CA)

Cole Creek Lake – (near Silver Lake, CA)

Carson Pass to Schneider Cow Camp – (near Silver Lake, CA)

Relief Reservoir from Kennedy Meadows (near Sonora Pass, CA)

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