Taking a multi-tool like a Swiss Army knife (doesn't have to be this, but just for reference) is a pretty important staple in hiking outdoor gear. If you're not planning on a long trip or camping, it's still important as a "you never know" kind of tool. You can even pick them up cheap now.
A great, comfortable pair of water-proof hiking boots are also key. The boots help to stabilize your feet and ankles during uneven terrain. Having a pair that is water-proof is good because you never know if/when you'll encounter unexpected water and you want to remain dry.
This is one of the most essential pieces of outdoor gear you can take with you for hiking. It's the thing you will store all of the other needed supplies in. You don't want anything too bulky that it'll weigh you down, so be wary of that. Try on a few before you buy. Make sure it has the right amount of space and/or pockets for you to put all of your essential hiking supplies in it, too.
I can get really frustrated with the dividing up of goods for sale based on gender-type. I'm looking into new hiking shoes and they are divided up into men's and women's. This phenomenon makes little sense to me.
My husband and I both love to hike. We live in the Pacific Northwest so the views are always breathtaking, green, and lush. As we take our hikes more seriously we've invested in gear but I never had a backpack.
There are three great trails here with amazing views of the ocean: the Razor Point Trail, the Guy Fleming Trail, and the Beach trail which allow access to the beach. All three trails are just a little over a mile, with the later trail being a bit steeper than the former two.