Zero Waste Hiking Essentials

What’s up, guys? Today we’re chatting about the ways I put those simple swaps I write about into practice.

You guys know that one of my resolutions this year is to go on 12 hikes. I blogged and vlogged January’s hike at the Black Hole of Calcutta Falls in Auburn. This weekend I was back in Auburn at Hidden Falls Regional Park. We’d tried to hike here in January but couldn’t because the parking lot was full. This time we purposefully got there early to make sure we could get parking. It was totally worth it!

hiking at Hidden Falls Regional Park in auburn, CA | Tinted Green
hiking at Hidden Falls Regional Park in Auburn, CA | tinted green

We hiked something like five miles in three hours (yes, my legs are still very, very sore) and spent most of that time chatting away about everything and nothing. It was a really great chance to catch up with each other while enjoying Auburn’s beauty. Since this hike was longer and a bit more strenuous than our previous hike, I decided to be prepared with the essentials.

Watch the video to see what my zero waste hiking essentials are!

I think it’s pretty neat that they all ended up being zero waste because I didn’t even have that in mind as I packed everything up. It just goes to show how small steps really can add up!


1. Water Bottle

You’ve heard me gush about how much a love my S’Well bottle a bunch of times (like here and here…and here) but it’s an oldie and a goodie. I love this thing so much and I rarely go anywhere without it. Like I’ve said before, I’ve only ever tried a S’well bottle but I’ve heard wonderful things about Kleen Kanteen and Hydroflasks too.


Trail mix bought in bulk from the local Co-Op in a reusable canvas bag. Sounds a little bougie, but it was so yummy! And I bought way more than enough for everyone, so now I have something healthy to snack on at home! A more cost effective, equally zero waste snack is fruit, which I did bring but didn’t eat.

3. Cloth Napkin

I bring a napkin just in case one of my snacks gets a little messy. It also works to keep fruit peels or other waste contained until I find a trash can.

BONUS! 4. Travel Mug

For the pre and post hike coffee, obvi.

There you have it! The three (okay, four) reusable, zero waste things I bring hiking!

What’s on your list? Tell me in a comment!

Hiking the Black Hole of Calcutta Falls Trail in Auburn, CA

One of my resolutions for this year is to go on one hike a month. I don't know about you, but January always feels like a throw away month for me. I feel like every year I try to make January the month that I go in on all these challenges and every year I'm too busy recovering from Christmas exhaustion to do any of them. I blinked and next thing I knew, it was the last weekend in January and I hadn't gone hiking yet. Thankfully, Sacramento didn't get rain for a week and that gave me the chance I needed to get outside.

Our original plan was to visit Hidden Falls Park in Auburn, but when Barbara got there she was told they were full. She hadn't been on the Mountain Quarry Trail before, so we met up in downtown Auburn and headed to the State Recreational Area to get our hike on.

Parking is usually hard to find but it seemed like the entire population of Auburn was out hiking. Like I said last time, I highly recommend getting out there as early as possible to get good parking.

The trail to the waterfall was a crowded but it cleared out quite a bit once we moved past it. We didn't walk the full length of the trail, but it's a fairly easy one. the trail is wide and well worn and relatively flat, except when you're near the waterfall. There's also a bit of exposure on the trail, which felt great in yesterday's sunny winter weather, but might not be as great in the sweltering summer heat.

Alright, enough details. Let's get on to the video and pretty pictures!!

winter capsule wardrobe hiking outfit | tinted green
winter capsule wardrobe outfit for hiking


flannel: madewell (new to the capsule!) | jeans: levis | boots: steve madden

besties who shoot together, stay together <3

besties who shoot together, stay together <3