I live, breathe, dream, and eat food. Most of the time, I go into the backcountry just to eat delicious food. Most of the time, my backpacking trips are no longer than 3 or 4 days, so I can weigh my pack down with cheese, chocolate and wine. While the majority of my backpacking trips usually involve luxurious happy hours, I was not afforded that opulence on the 195-mile Sierra High Route. Here’s what I came up with to ensure my Sierra High Route resupply food was delicious and nutritious.
My Sierra High Route resupply food looked like this:
Snack Snack, one or two of each
Grabby Snacks live in individual snack bags and can be grazed on throughout the day/trip. There’s one Grabby Snack for each day, but mix and match as your heart desires.
Breakfast has never been easier with Brave Overnight Breakfast. Cold soak one of these in water or in almond milk and it’s ready to go in the morning. They’re also calorically-dense, essential for long days on the trail. The Tropical flavor is my favorite. Best reserved for the end of the trip when your bear can is empty and you can put your soaking container in overnight.
Available through Brave for $5 each, depending on how many you order.
We hiked from sunrise to sunset most days on the Sierra High Route, so it generally was faster to eat a bar in the morning while I was hiking. RXBars are my go-to, since I’ve mostly sworn off Clif Bar due to a tramautic experience many years ago. RXBars aren’t the most delicious (Chocolate Sea Salt has been the most tolerable), but they are pretty calorie dense.
Available at REI for $2.50 a piece. Also available at Grocery Outlet for $12 per box.
I usually don’t really like spicy, but the Sahale Mango Tango Almond Mix is the perfect blend of sweet, salty, and just a little bit of kick.
Available through Amazon for $8.98. I’ve also found this at Grocery Outlet for $2.99.
Salty, cheesy goodness rolled up into a chip-like crunch. I snack on these regularly at home; never thought to bring them on the trail. I looked forward to having this in my Sierra High Route food.
Available through Amazon for $22 for a pack of 6. Or available at your grocery store for $3.99.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my weakness. Reese’s Pieces are a close second. Having these as a free-for-all makes climbing up to passes a little less miserable.
Available at REI for $2.50 a bar. Also available at your local grocery store.
What’s like a gummy but just slightly healthier? Dried mangoes, an essential part of my Sierra High Route resupply food! This brand is best and available at most grocery stores.
Or also available on Amazon.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Epic Bars–which to me has always been a very white and elitist company, look no further than indigenous-owned Tanka Bar.
Annie’s Gummies are the best, hands down. They have the best flavors in little fun pouches. Plus they’re organic, so they’re healthy, right? A gummy snack is the best motivator for the Sierra High Route, and these are 80 calories.
These 42-pack boxes on Amazon are the best value I’ve seen for them. Target has the most variety in flavors, though.
I was introduced to Zora Bar at Outdoor Retailer a few years ago, and they’ve been in my snack bag ever since. They’re my way of adding healthier choices into my thru-hiking diet, with organic fruit & veggies.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my ultimate weakness. Put one in front of me and I have to eat it. These are my reward snacks for getting to a pass (or summit), or my cheer up snack when I am down. These individually packaged ones are best and will withstand rain.
I was sad to hear that Munk Pack discontinued their fruit squeezes. These keto bars are a close second, or something? I wanted a bar with less sugar to balance out all my candy. They’d sent over some of these before and I like them, so they came with me on the High Route.
I didn’t bring many freeze-dried meals on the Sierra High Route because they are too bulky (and expensive), but we had a couple extras lying around the house.
I’ve never brought instant ramen on a trip until this one, and now I’m wondering why I never did this before. (Answer: it’s the freeze-dried meals.) These ramen packets were a childhood staple and can be eaten cold or hot.
Get 24 packs for $6 on Amazon. Also available at any grocery store.
I’m still on the fence about mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s not my favorite, but sometimes you need something that’s affordable and calorie-dense. I recently discovered that Annie’s has these fun-shaped noodles, which makes it more delicious.
Annie’s is pricy, but it’s the best out there. Get yours for $2.99 a box. You can also get them in bulk at Costco. They are also often on sale.
Miscellaneous food items
Elevate your mac ‘n’ cheese or ramen game with added bacon bits! Seriously, these were such a game changer. They also are an excellent snack on their own.
Available on Amazon for $6 or in the condiment aisle of the grocery store.
I picked up this freeze-dried 3-pack of corn, broccoli, and spinach to add more vegetables to my ramen and mac ‘n’ cheese dinners. They are super lightweight, and the flavor doesn’t change if they get squished. Also delicious on their own.
Tuna packets are incredibly delicious, but it turns out, they don’t have many calories. Plus they are really dang heavy. After the first leg, I swapped out these tuna packets from my Sierra High Route resupply food.
These Skout Organic bars were lying around the house, so in the interest of saving money, I tossed them into my Sierra High Route food. They immediately came out after I tried them on a training hike. I’m not a fan of the consistency, especially when it gets hot. Their deliciousness is also questionable.
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Last updated on August 31, 2020.