One of the best ways to create a memorable experience is to go on a night hike. Night hiking can be a wonderful way to escape crowds, fit in exercise, and try something new. Being able to execute a successful night hike can be a very fun and healthy way to spend an evening. Additionally, timing your hike to coincide with other events such as a meteor shower or a clear sky can result in views that would not be visible during the day. Additionally, it is usually easier to find some solitude and get away from crowds when hiking at night.
Why night hike?
Night Hiking is when you intentionally go hike a trail, climb a peak, or otherwise explore nature after the sun has set. This will be a completely different experience than daytime hiking, and so should be approached differently. That being said, if you are willing to prepare and hike carefully, it can be incredibly rewarding. One of the best reasons for night hiking is that you are free to go whenever you wish. Many of us have work or other obligations during the day, but have the freedom to use our evenings as we please. Night hiking can be done after a busy day. However, because most trails are at peak use during the day, you will usually be able to avoid crowds. Even very popular trails are nearly empty at night time. One of the best things about hiking is that it can help you to get away from busy areas, and spend some time with a close friend, partner, or family member. Night hiking can allow you to find this closer to home, on a well-maintained trail.
What is the Difference?
Night hiking also offers a completely different environment and experience than daytime hiking. One of the best times to go night hiking is when there will be clear skies. If you can get away from a city, a night hike can provide an amazing star show. Bring a few friends, and maybe a blanket to lie on. There are websites that can help you find the light pollution levels in your area, and allow you to find nearby dark spots. Seeing a clear sky with little light pollution can be an incredible experience, particularly if you have only ever seen it from a city. A quiet beautiful star show can make a long hike worth it.