Ten Ways to Enhance Your Hike With Cannabis

Rule number one: Don't paint the trees with pot leaves.
Rule number one: Don't paint the trees with pot leaves. Shutterstock/Ana-Maria Tegzes

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click to enlarge The summit at Mt. Evans. - DAVID DEAN
The summit at Mt. Evans.
David Dean
Know Your Surroundings
Colorado’s parks and trails are never at a loss for visitors, especially on the weekends. The parking lots and hikes themselves can literally have single-file lines at times. At any minute, you could turn the corner and run into a family, kids or tourists looking to validate stereotypes. Be discreet, be mindful of others and their comfort level, and don’t make a scene out of it. Find a nice spot away from the flock or main trail like your parents did, and be thoughtful.

Cannabis-Friendly Camping
Some campsites are actually cannabis-friendly. These private ranches or campgrounds allow the use of cannabis, but they're not just places to set up camp quickly and smoke. Such lodging areas have daily activities based around nature and cannabis, and you'll probably meet like-minded people.

You’re Higher Than You Think

Altitude sickness can be a problem for anyone not used to living one mile high – or being above 12,000 feet. If hiking high altitudes, take baby steps with smoking cannabis. Diving right in can cause things to start spinning real quick. Spend ten to fifteen minutes at every thousand feet you gain, make sure your breathing is under control, and keep drinking water. Try one puff, and see how you feel. Trust your body.

Indica End
When you start getting noodle legs and don’t think you can go much farther, it’s time to set up camp and bring out the indicas. Indica strains relax muscles, help with aches and pains and induce a good night's sleep. Good post-hike indicas that are easy to find in Denver include Bubba Kush, Grape Ape, Death Star and White Fire OG Kush.

You Were Never There
"Pack it in, pack it out" doesn't just apply to beer cans and wrappers: Be it the butt of a pre-roll, matches or a pipe that fell and broke – make sure you've cleaned up everywhere you stop. With the mountains having a dry season and wildfire alert on high, it'd be wise to bring a portable ash tray or a water bottle to put out anything you light. Be mindful of any flames, sparks or litter that might jump out of reach.
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David Dean founded Serial Optimist in hopes of making you smile. He's an explorer, wanderer, creator and writer. You can find his words on Thought Catalog, HelloGiggles, McSweeney's, Splitsider and more. He has a deep passion for Colorado that is reflected on social media.
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