• Andrea Davis

Tips For Hiking After Dark

Hike In Groups

Due to the risks involved, solo hiking can be dangerous in general, but more so when the sun is down. When hiking at night, bring a hiking buddy long. It will decrease the likelihood of getting lost.

Bring a Headlamp

Picking a durable headlamp is important when planning a night hike. Always carry a reliable headlamp on any given hike, especially at night. Put new batteries in before heading out on the trail. Be sure to pack a spare set of them too, just in case they are needed.

Be Mindful

It is important that you remain fully aware of your surroundings when hiking in the dark. You must be extra cautious of any downed tree limbs, uneven roots, or jagged rocks along the trail. This, too, might come along with having to move a bit slower than you normally would on a normal day hike. Slow down and be mindful of your surroundings. If you encounter any wildlife, be wary and show respect.

Dress in Layers

Layers will be your very best friend when hiking after dark. Dress in all the layers. Bring extra clothing in case yours get wet or sweaty and you need to change out of them. It is also very important to remember that the temperature will typically drop a significant amount after the sun goes down.

Go Where You Know

It’s smart to avoid hiking a trail that you are unfamiliar with when hiking at night. It isn’t the best idea to be wandering around foreign terrain without the luxury of daylight. Things can take a turn for the worst, very quickly. Being unfamiliar with your surroundings will only add to the situation.

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