What Gear should you bring

What you take makes a big difference

Gather (or buy) your gear.

If you get a lodging reservation, obviously you can get by with carrying a lighter load than your camping counterparts, but you’ll want to make sure you still have the essentials to make the hike and enjoy the falls, including:

  • Backpack
  • Sturdy broken-in hiking boots or shoes
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lotion
  • Season-appropriate clothing
  • Break -n- Shake ice pack
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Water shoes or sandals
  • Gloves with grip (for the chains you’ll encounter hiking to Mooney Falls)
  • Moleskin or basic first-aid supplies for blisters
  • Collapsible water container or bladder
  • Water filter (if you plan to hike to the confluence, Beaver Falls or more remote areas; otherwise, water from the campground spigot or lodge faucets is drinkable)
  • Food and preferred non-alcoholic beverages
  • Credit cards or cash to buy meals or supplies in the local cafe or store
  • Prescription medications
  • Handi-wipes
  • Zip-loc bags (you must pack out all your trash)
  • Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, etc. or whatever pain relief remedy you prefer
  • Knee or ankle braces (if needed)


If you are camping, recommended gear includes the above items, plus:
  • Tent with rain fly
  • Stakes
  • Tarp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pads
  • Portable stove
  • Dry bag (to protect your food from squirrels)
  • Length of rope and clothespins (to hang your food with for extra protection, also comes in handy for hanging wet clothes)
  • Hammock (optional)



Leave at home:

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Guns
  • Drones
  • Young children (with proper supervision, of course)