Hiking Food & Gorp Recipes

I want to remind you to take some healthy hiking food with you when you head out for the trails. Know matter if it is men hiking, women hiking or children hiking....we all need a snack to keep our energy up. When I am putting our hiking supplies together for my family, these gorp recipes are never left out!

First of all, what is gorp? Gorp is dry, high protein, easy to eat snack foods.

Food that give you energy without giving you a drop in sugar levels. And snacks that don't melt make great hiking food! Gorp is sometimes referred to as trail mix too. So the phrases trail mix and gorp are interchangeable.

I always make our own trail mix recipe and take it with us instead of buying the packaged Gorp Trail Mix that you find in the stores. Below is the best gorp trail mix recipes that I make up for my family on our hikes.

My Families Favorite Trail Mix Recipe

1 Cup of Cashews nuts
1 Cup of Almonds
1 Cup of Peanuts
1/4 Cup of sunflower seeds or shelled pistachios
1/4 Cup of pretzels
1/4 Cup of Reese's Pieces (this is better than M & M's!)
1/4 Cup of Cranberries
1/4 Cup of Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

Mix the above together and carry with you in a zip lock bag.

You can swap out any food item that you are not fond of for a food item that you do like. Remember not to go with to much chocolate because it melts and makes a mess!

Our Everyday Gorp Recipe

2 Cups of chocolate M & M'

2 Cups of peanut M & M's
4 Cups of Corn Chex
2 Cups of Goldfish crackers
1 Cup of whole unsalted Brazil nuts
1 Cup of dried apricots, cut in half
1 Cup of dried cherries
1 Cup of raisins

I mix everything up in a large bowl. Then I put a cup full in individual resealable snack bags. This is a hiking food recipe of gorp that kids just love!





When your hiking, even for a couple of hours, be sure to bring some food with you for energy. There are no stores or restaurants on the Yosemite hiking trails! If you chose to wait to eat until you get back to the valley you may experience dizziness, leg cramps, stomach cramps or nausea.

My husband and I carry a backpack with snacks for the kids and ourselves. Here are the kinds of snacks that we carry in our backpack:

  • A jar of peanut butter! (with enough spoons for each of us!)
  • Whole Grain Crackers
  • Trail Mix (see the recipes above)
  • Hard Cheeses and/or string cheese
  • Beef Jerky
  • Candy Bars (non chocolate) Go for Pay Days, Sour Candies etc.
  • Apples, oranges, bananas
  • Breakfast/Energy bars
  • Granola (my husbands favorite!)
  • Water


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