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The 6 Best Songs for the Ultimate Hiking Trail Mix

This Saturday, August 31, is National Trail Mix Day! If you plan to honor this very important national holiday by hitting the outdoors with trail mix in hand, you are not alone! We plan to fix ourselves some of these delicious trail mix recipes and get out there and celebrate!

Hiking

Hiking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

Since we already have you covered on recipes for trail mix, we’re bringing you the ultimate musical trail mix. These tunes will get you in the mood for a hike and power you through your adventures on the trails.

“Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen

Running, hiking, dancing, singing, and various other forms of self-embarrassment immediately commence whenever “Born to Run” comes on. It may actually be scientifically impossible to stand still while The Boss is belting out lines like, “Baby, we were born to run,” and, “We’ll run till we drop/Baby we’ll never go back.” Bruce may not have had hiking in mind when he wrote the song, but it certainly couldn’t be better suited to being the soundtrack to your treks.

“The Climb” – No Doubt

Image: www.setemagali.com

Image: www.setemagali.com

If you’ve been conquering your mountain as part of the Post Grape-Nuts Fit “What’s Your Mountain?” Challenge, then you are no doubt familiar with Gwen Stefani’s use of a mountain climb to symbolize tackling a challenge. Whatever you’re striving to achieve in the great outdoors, whether it’s completing a trail, running a mile, or actually hiking a mountain, lyrics like, “So high the climb/Can’t turn back now/Must keep on climbing up to the clouds,” are sure to inspire you to push yourself further.

“Wildflowers” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Could there be a song more filled with beautiful nature imagery? Just the mentions of wildflowers, a boat out at sea, and sailing away are enough to inspire us to get outdoors. By the time Tom is belting out pleas to, “Run away, let your heart be your guide,” and singing, “You belong somewhere you feel free,” we are practically itching to throw on our hiking boots and run free through the nearest park.

“Fred Bear” – Ted Nugent

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Image: www.forestfoliage.com

We would quote all of the lyrics in “Fred Bear” that inspire us to head out into the forest, but then we’d have to quote the entire song. Anyone who has spent time in America’s beautiful state parks will likely relate to lines like, “The spirit of the woods is like an old good friend.” Ted may be speaking to Fred Bear when he says, “Walk with me down the trails again,” but we would be happy to join him in spirit as we hike along to this jam.

“Road to Nowhere” – The Talking Heads

If you’ve ever felt like the great outdoors are downright heavenly, then what better line to run along to than, “We’re on the road to paradise/Here we go, here we go”? “Road to Nowhere” is the rare song that actually sounds like what it’s about. The repetitive gallop of the beat makes it easy to find your groove as you travel along on your own road to nowhere… or to the trailhead, mountaintop, or wherever you may be headed. “Maybe you wonder where you are” as you hike through the parks, but with your Pocket Ranger® app’s GPS map in hand, it’s not hard to find out!

“Morning Has Broken” – Cat Stevens

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Image: www.themumukshusoul.wordpress.com

This song is as gorgeous as the natural sights it describes. Dawn is a spectacular time to wake up with an invigorating hike or run, and the twinkling sounds of Cat’s piano playing are the perfect backdrop to witnessing a spectacular sunrise. Hearing Stevens sing about blackbirds, rainfall, sunlight, and the freshness of morning is enough to make us not even hate our 5am alarm when we arise bright and early to head to the trails.

What are your favorite songs to play on your hike? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Hiking Hits: Fall Trail Mix

Pocket Ranger®’s seasonal song picks for those who enjoy a little musical accompaniment when hitting the trails.

As we straddle the end of one season and beginning of the next (fall is but a few days away!) it’s not always easy to transition between outdoor activities. Though we many of us might have spent the summer months splashing away on the shoes of our favorite beaches, waterskiing the lengths of our local lakes and recharging with healthy doses of picnicking, grilling and barbecuing, it’s now time to dust off the tents, find your trusty hunting gear and map some fall hikes. Not ready to make the move just yet? Saying no the slew of fun, fall activities that lay ahead will be a little tougher when you’ve got thoughts of running, breaking a sweat and the likes pumping in your ear nonstop—literally. Because music is our number one motivator, our fall trail mix is a grab-bag of hits meant to get you motivated to hit the trails. Hit play, reach for your Pocket Ranger® to mark and share your waypoints, and welcome fall the way nature intended.

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Hiking Hits: The Trail Mix

Pocket Ranger®’s weekly song picks for those who enjoy a little musical accompaniment when hitting the trails.

The general consensus seems to be that the best hiking music is no musical at all. Outdoor purists prefer to enjoy the sounds of nature—trickling streams, leaves rustling, chirping birds, rattle snakes (we kid!). But every now and then we come across a really steep hill or treacherous trail that requires a gnarly guitar riff instead of melodic bird calls. Can you blame us? In the tradition of Pocket Ranger®‘s Hiking Hits past, we asked our followers and our otherwise outdoorsy staff for their favorite song picks. From disco classics submitted from @CooperHawke and The Hiking Diva to Watch the Throne, these are the tunes that get us raring to go, motivate us to reach the summit and keep us sane in the wild.

Check out the rest of this week’s selections to get you breaking a sweat no matter the weather. What songs do you hike to?

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Hiking Hits – Perils Of The Wild

Pocket Ranger®’s weekly song picks for those who enjoy a little musical accompaniment when hitting the trails.

With the weather finally warming up, it is time for an adventure. Depending on where you go be mindful of Gravel Pits and Quicksand, you certainly do not want to end up with a Broken Bone. Also make sure to keep an eye out for Dangerous Animals,  or poisonous Reptiles; the last thing you want is to get bitten and not have the Antidote. Just remember to stay calm, do not give into The Fear, that you are a Survivor and all will be okay.

Check out the rest of this week’s Perils of The Wild themed selections to help  get you breaking a sweat no matter the weather.

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Hiking Hits – Earth Day

Pocket Ranger®’s weekly song picks for those who enjoy a little musical accompaniment when hitting the trails.

With Earth Day having come and gone, hopefully you were able to spend some time in the Dirt doing good for the planet. Most of us have the luxury of never having to wonder Will There Be Enough Water, so we all have to do our part to Heal The World since You Ain’t Alone on this  big beautiful planet of ours.

Check out the rest of this week’s Earth Day themed selections to help  get you breaking a sweat no matter the weather.

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Hiking Hits – Rain

Pocket Ranger®’s weekly song picks for those who enjoy a little musical accompaniment when hitting the trails.

They say April showers bring May flowers, so before everything is in full Bloom you still have a chance to act like a Fool In The Rain… just make sure to wear a helmet if you decide to go mountain biking in the mud. If you are the type of person that wonders Why Does It Always Rain On Me? Make sure to bring an Umbrella, so you do not end up Walking In The Rain. Just remember that soon enough there will be Sunshine , and if you are lucky maybe even a Rainbow.

Check out the rest of this week’s Rain-themed selections to help  get you breaking a sweat no matter the weather.

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Hiking Hits – Easter/Renewal

Pocket Ranger®’s weekly song picks for those who enjoy a little musical accompaniment when hitting the trails.

Easter Sunday is often remembered as the day when Jesus Walks, but it can also be a day for your own renaissance. You do not have to Rise To The Sun, but as LYF springs up all around us, pretty soon there will be Flowers Everywhere, so become the Creator of your destiny by going for a hike or a ride.

Check out the rest of this week’s Easter themed-selections to help  get you breaking a sweat no matter the weather.

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