Hikers of all ages need gear for the trail. We've got the best kids' hiking gear from head (like our protective sun hats) to toe (merino wool socks). Whether it's a Sunday afternoon day hike or a long road trip to hike a few national parks, get everything you need to outfit your kids for miles of hiking trails.
Kids' hiking clothes and hiking boots for on-trail comfort
Little kids to big kids, you want to make sure you're getting comfort for everything from your child's feet to their head. In the summer months, check out our sun protection clothing to add extra protection in addition to sunscreen. A moisture-wicking t-shirt is a must, and you can pair it with hiking shorts for a breathable outfit to explore the trails in.
When things cool off, it's time to pull out the cold-weather gear. Pull on some hiking pants, like ultra-comfy leggings or tights, and add a unisex softshell hoodie on top. Grab a sweatshirt or a fleece jacket for lightweight warmth on the go.
Durable hiking gear to keep your little adventurer exploring
Explore the backcountry with full confidence in your gear. Pack for the trail with a day pack that offers storage for the essentials. Kids' hiking carriers should never weigh more than 10-20 percent of their body weight, but our youth backpacks offer plenty of room for trail snacks, a first aid kit, bug repellent, and a water bottle. Plus, they're water-resistant to add some protection for your gear on the go.
Looking for a full rain jacket? You can get a waterproof jacket to match their waterproof hiking boots and conquer far more than just a few puddles. The perfect water shoes are hard to find, but our kids' hikers are made to get wet. Our outerwear is more durable than a stay-at-home sweater: layer up with kids' jackets and vests for a chilly hike. Just make sure to take a look at winter boots for conquering the snow.
What should kids wear when hiking?
Your mini trail chaser should be just as outfitted for the walking, running, or mountain bike trails as you are. A quick-dry base layer is a must-have for any season, but it's especially important for staying warm in winter. Kids' clothing should be comfortable and loose enough for free movement to tackle tricky trails. Plus, add a hiking backpack to carry their water bottle and other trial necessities. Don't forget kids' trekking poles for particularly difficult terrain.
What are the best hiking shoes for kids?
Make sure they slip on kids' hiking shoes made for comfort. The North Face kids' shoes are great for avoiding blisters, especially paired with hiking socks. Looking to lace up waterproof hiking shoes? Our comfort insole Jr Hedgehog Hikers can double as trail running shoes AND sturdy hikers. Or get extra ankle support for little feet with a mid-high boot and a supportive lacing system. Hiking sandals may seem tempting for hot weather, but our hiking shoes pair with other kids' best sellers to offer the most support and comfort. Make sure you get the right shoe size for maximum comfort by checking out our sizing chart.