Facts on Trail Mix

Facts on Trail Mix
Proper nutrition keeps your energy up and your focus primed during outdoor adventures. Add trail mix to your pack to prevent a midday slump, and make it to your peak with energy to spare.


Trail mix ingredients are high-calorie, no-prep foods. This makes for quick fuel while on the trail or other outdoor adventures.



Trail mix is made traditionally with a base of nuts and seeds, along with other ingredients, like raisins, that don't require refrigeration and are easy to pack.


Ancient nomadic cultures had to dry fruit and meat to carry as they traveled, creating the first type of trail food.

Modern Market

Hadley Fruit Orchards and Harmony Foods both claim to be the first company to market a product with the name "Trail Mix." Both their products were introduced in 1968.


GORP, a traditional name for trail mix, stands for "good old raisins and peanuts."


Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

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