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You may be in great shape, but hiking requires a different set of skills than, say, swimming or weight-lifting. In order to avoid injury, you will need to train yourself before hitting the trails. Start by hiking in a park or along roads near your home. The excursions should be short (1-3 miles). Wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots. Time yourself so that you can return home before dark. As you get stronger, you can lengthen your walks until you are comfortably able to hike up to 9 miles.