Women’s Hiking Gear List

Women’s Hiking Gear List

This gear list is for three season day hiking and a great general women’s hiking gear list. I am typically peak bagging in New Hampshire’s White Mountains where temperatures can range from 30-100 degrees. The weather can be unpredictable and may include rain, hail, or even snow in the shoulder seasons. Summers can be extremely humid, especially below treeline. Being the Granite State, the trails are almost always rocky and have their fair share of mud and other obstacles. This gear list has extended to other hiking regions and has been used for winter day hiking in areas that receive trace amounts of snow.


PackingGossamer Gear Type 215.2
Sea to Summit Ultra Sil XS Stuff Sack0.5for packed clothing
Gossamer Gear Q-Ditty Small0.22-utility-backpack.html" target="_blank">Gditty bag for small essentials
Gossamer Gear LT4S Trekking Poles9.2weight for two poles
Light My Fire Spork0.6
Worn Clothing Smartwool NTS Micro 150 T-Shirt3.2very comfortable and does not smell after daily use
Purple Rain Skirt5.6Will never go back to hiking pants!
Injinji Run Socks1.0
Moving Comfort Women's Fiona Bra3.2
Patagonia Barely Hipster Underwear0.8
Brooks Cascadia 89.8
Dirty Girl Gaiters1.1
Packed ClothingBackcountry Hadron Down Anorak8.0packs small to keep in my pack for cold summits
Icebreaker Everyday Leggings5.0for cooler days on the trail
EMS Women's Techwick 1/4 Zip6.0
UV Buff1.3versatile- comes in fun patterns!
Rain Jacket4.2Mine is a discontinued EMS brand jacket.
HydrationSawyer Mini Water Filter2.0used with Platypus for inline filter. Great for refilling on really long day hikes.
Platypus Hoser (2L)3.0
Small EssentialsSony Alpha a500013.7Heavier than my old camera, but great photos are worth the weight!
ditty bag1.5first aid, repair kit, sunscreen, bugspray, etc.
Petzl e+LITE0.9great for extending dayhikes, emergencies, or doing some night hiking.
Weight SummariesIn OuncesIn Pounds
Base weight Not including items worn, food, and water77.04.81
worn clothing24.71.54
Skin Out Weight Not including food and water101.76.35

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Allison is the founder of trailtosummit.com which she began as a way to track and share her first round of the NH 4000 Footers. Now on round 5 (the first round for her dog Ruckus) she has been honored to have taken part of many people’s firsts. She is an experienced trail maintainer, speaker, and passionate member of the outdoor community. In New England, Allison enjoys trekking along the highest peaks, bushwhacking to less traveled areas, and has a fondness for sunrise and sunset trips. Outside of New England Allison has also thru hiked the John Muir Trail and explored mountains in the German and Austrian Alps, Israel, and the Azores. Her goal is to share her passion for hiking and backpacking with others, especially with women, to inspire them to experience the freedom of the trail!

6 thoughts on “Women’s Hiking Gear List

  • Marissa

    Great list! I’ve been looking at getting new baselayers. I’m going to check out those leggings!

  • Kristi

    Awesome list, thanks for sharing! I’m having a hard time finding good resources online for women backpackers. Most of the blogs I am finding focus on car camping scenarios. Also wanted to ask if you have tried Uniqlo’s lightweight seamless underwear? I used to use some by Terramar, and they were similar to the Patagonia ones you listed, but I found I liked the Uniqlo ones a lot more. They are cheaper too, which is a pleasant surprise. I am also liking their Heattech leggings and Airism tshirts better than my merino wool ones, which was another unexpected outcome. Anyway not affiliated in any way, but might want to check them out. Thanks again for sharing your gear. 🙂

    • allison Post author

      Thanks Kristi! I’ll definitely look into your suggestions. I always buy the expensive stuff on a discount. Not worth it full price 🙂

  • Mary

    Having a hard time with this link – getting this code:

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    I’d love to see the gear list – I’ll visit again later today.

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