Several years ago, Merri Ann and I hiked up Burns Creek Canyon in the Big Hole Mountains and then up a side canyon called Hells Hole. (It’s not aptly named unless you’re trying to climb out the top of the canyon.)
We found a beautiful meadow overlooking the canyon where we spread out a blanket and had a wonderful lunch from our daypacks.
The Perfect Lunch for a Nature Hike
To keep our food cool and safe in the summer sun, we packed insulated lunch bags, each with an ice a pack and then our food, and then buried them in our day packs.
We lay on the blankets in that meadow, sipping from water from bottles still floating with ice.
We broke out the lunch and ate cheese and crackers. The fruit was still ice cold and the spinach and chicken salad was cool and refreshing after the hot hike up the canyon. Later we ate sweet Rice Krispies treats before heading down the canyon before the shadows became long.
The Nature Hike Menu
- Gouda Cheese and hard crackers
- An apple and an orange
- A spinach salad with sliced breast of chicken and poppy seed dressing
- Marionberry Rice Krispy’s Treats
The key to packing a lunch for a nature hike is choosing durable foods and packing them carefully with cold ice packs, so they don’t spoil halfway up the mountain.
(Updated from October 2, 2014)