Favorite Simple Thru-Hiker Trail Recipes




Matt “Details”
This one is easy; Doritos! They are the perfect snack for when you are taking a break. While they might not provide much nutrition, they’ve helped me regain my appetite after a long day of pushing it on the trail. They are also great crushed up in your Idahoan potatoes.

Benny "Plug-It In"
My favorite trail foods are Snickers and cold-soaked oatmeal with almond butter. The Snickers provides a little sugar boost with a little added protein while providing a little extra energy to push for a few extra miles. It also gives you a little energy boost when you’re trying to get over that next mountain. For my breakfast I usually cold soak oatmeal with almond butter overnight. That way I have a great breakfast with enough carbs and protein to help get your day off to a great start. The oatmeal provides lots of nutrients and packed full of good fats and calories. Plus it’s very satisfying.

"Samurai" Joe
I love cheese and crackers, or cheese and bagels, or cheese and croissants. Some people don't realize it but cheese will last for weeks unrefrigerated. Doritos. Chocolate. Any high-calorie junk food is also good, although I avoid stuff that is mostly corn syrup.


The combination of Couscous with Hummus, dehydrated vegetables and tuna is the best combination that gives you energy.


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About the Author
Olivia Magee oversees Social Media at Zpacks and helps monitor trends within the industry.  Her contributions to the hiking community includes her work with the American Conservation Experience where she performed trail maintenance in the Smoky's and across the Southeast.