Definately do it! Its great exercise. I would bring my board with me if I knew I was going to hiking above the snow line, which was most of the summer last year with our rediculous snowpack. At the very least its a faster, easier on the knees way down and at best you could get some awesome turns in. Plus I always like seeing the confused looks on lay peoples faces when they see you hiking shirtless and in shorts with a snowboard on you back. The snow isnt going anywhere but you still need to keep an eye out for stuff under the snow like rocks branches, holes, creeks, etc.