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Stick with what you know

A night hike isn't the time to explore new trails – you'll be impaired enough without trying to find your way on a trail that is unfamiliar to you. Even a well-known trail can be missed in the dark, so always be alert. Also, be sure to choose an area that's open to the sky and not in too dense of a forest so that moonlight is able to illuminate the ground.

 

Engage your other senses

A night hike isn't the time to explore new trails – you'll be impaired enough without trying to find your way on a trail that is unfamiliar to you. Even a well-known trail can be missed in the dark, so always be alert. Also, be sure to choose an area that's open to the sky and not in too dense of a forest so that moonlight is able to illuminate the ground.

 

Don't go alone

We're all guilty of the occasional hike by ourselves, but it's especially important on a night hike to travel with a group or at least a partner. Be sure to leave your location with a friend just in case something goes wrong.

 

Dress in layers

Temperatures can drop dramatically after dark, and night hikes require more frequent stops for listening and getting your bearings. Pack extra clothes, such as a sweater or fleece, as well as a pocket poncho to keep you dry through a dusk rainstorm.

 

Slow down

Don't expect to be able to keep your pace as you would on an average hike. Beyond taking longer because you can't see as well, it's better to slow down so you have a better chance of spotting obstacles in your path. Besides, one of the biggest perks of hiking at night is your chance to stop and enjoy some light pollution-free stargazing.

 

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