The Ultimate Guide to Hiking at Night

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There are many things to consider before going hiking at night. It can be very different from hiking in the day time. It’s going to require different gear and supplies and a different overall approach to your hike. If you are new to hiking, you may also want to checkout this article about how to prepare for your first hike.

In this article I’ll go over everything you need to consider before going on a night hike. A few of the main topics I’ll go over in this article are:

  • General night hiking tips.
  • Dos and don’ts.
  • Gear to pack to pack.
  • The dangers of hiking at night.
  • Your surroundings and how to stay safe.

If you follow all of the tips and guidelines I’ve laid out for you in this post, you should have a very unique hiking experience that will probably be more memorable than a typical day hike. In the end, night hiking may not be for you but at least you’ll be able to say you’ve tried it.

Many people love hiking at night, some even prefer it. As you read through this article you’ll find pros and cons, tips and guidelines to follow, even some fun activities you can do while out on a nocturnal hike.

Not all of the information, tips, and recommendations in this article will apply to everyone, but many will. Seasoned hikers may feel totally comfortable and safe doing some of the things that I recommend you don’t, and that’s a personal judgement call.

However if you are wanting to be as safe as possible or are a beginner hiker, then I suggest you consider everything you read here carefully.

Why go hiking at night?

figure of a man hiking at night

There are many reasons why a person would want to go hiking at night, some of which are very obvious. Others not so much. Regardless, many people love it since it’s a totally different experience than most hikers are used to. As with anything, it’s a matter of opinion and may not be your cup of tea.

One thing is for sure though. You need to be fully prepared because if you aren’t, you could end up hurt, lost, or worse depending on the hike you chose.

Here are some of the reasons why people love hiking at night:

  • Maybe you work 3rd shift and sleep during the day. If this is the case then your schedule is backwards and you are probably up all night, even on your days off. Rather than sit around at home playing XBOX or watching Netflix, why not go for a night walk on a familiar hiking trail.
  • A chance to see or hear some wildlife that you wouldn’t normally in the day time. Owls, tree frogs, or simply the sounds of the crickets make it all very different.
  • On a clear night you might see a shooting star or even a meteor shower. Maybe you could time it so that you take your hike on a lunar eclipse. Hike to the top of a lookout and pick out some constellations, a nighttime may be the perfect time to do some stargazing.
  • It’s a different experience, as I mentioned above. Different sounds, different smells, different temperatures, it can be quite exciting. So maybe you just want to try a trail you’ve done 10 times in the day (and this is the kind you should do by the way) at night for no other reason than to soak it all in.
  • You are a thru hiker, or long distance hiker, and night hiking is something you regularly do so it’s no big deal. 
  • There are many night hiking activities that you can do in groups or with kids (see below). Think scavenger hunts, capture the flag, animal calls, hide and seek. I will emphasize though that activities like this should definitely be done with adult supervision if children are involved AND should probably only be done on easy hiking trails. Use good judgement and be safe.

Tips for a successful night hike

tips for hiking at night image

As I’ve mentioned, a night hike is very different from a day hike and you need to prepare differently. You may be a seasoned day hiker but if you’ve never been hiking at night then you should definitely read through all of these tips and consider them carefully.

  • Don’t hike alone at night. Go with a friend, or better yet, go with a group. With a group of people, you can have one or even two leaders to help keep everybody together so that no one gets lost. One in the front and one in the back, wearing lighter clothing to set themselves apart from the others.
  • Tell someone you are going. Just in that off chance that you lose your way or something goes wrong, someone should know where and when you are going hiking at night.
  • Always night hike on a familiar trail. The dangers of hiking at night are much greater than hiking in the day time. Your visibility is much worse and the chances of getting lost or hurting yourself are much higher. So hike a trail that you already know, don’t do that new trail you’ve been wanting to try for the first time at night.
  • Pack the right gear. Make sure you are thoroughly prepared for a night hike and bring the right hiking gear. A lot of it is going to be the same as what you would typically need on a day hike but there are several items that are going to be essential to a successful night hike. A quality headlamp and maybe some warmer clothing are a couple of examples. See the full night hiking gear list below.
  • Scout your trail out in the day before you night hike it. Even if you’ve hiked this particular trail many times you should still scout it out a few days prior if possible. There could be fallen branches, flooded streams you’ll have to cross, or any number of alterations to the trail that wouldn’t be a big deal in the day time. However at night could mean a broken ankle or worse. Always play it safe.
  • Stick to the trail. Hiking at night is not the right time to venture off the main trail looking for a new path or following a noise you heard. Getting lost in the black of night could be really bad, even with a light. Which brings me to my next tip…
  • Stay illuminated. Bring a proper headlamp and a spare flashlight. Having said that, don’t use them the whole time. You want your eyes to adjust to the darkness and you don’t want to use your light as a crutch, only as an aide when you need it. You can also get glowing/reflective bracelets that may help keep your trail mates visible, I link to some good ones below.
  • Try to go on a full moon. The more natural light you can get the better. You’ll still get to experience the everything that a night hike has to offer but you will be able to see much better without the use of a headlamp or flashlight.
  • Check the weather forecast. Make sure you have good weather for your hike, the last thing you want is for it to start pouring rain. Rocks can be easy to trip on in broad daylight on a hike, imagine if it’s dark. And it’s raining. So make sure you are going to have clear skies.
  • Take an easy trail. Especially if you aren’t an experienced hiker or maybe not in peak physical shape. It doesn’t have to be paved or anything unless you want, but maybe stay away from anything marked moderate or strenuous. Also, be very wary of stairs. I can’t imagine tumbling down a staircase at night on a hiking trail.
  • Head out just before sunset. Starting just before sunset can help your eyes gradually adjust to the darkness. It can take around 45 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to darkness so this helps to ease you into the dark.
  • Allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. Going back to the previous tip, you need to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark before trying to traverse a semi rough terrain. If you don’t, you risk injuring yourself and possibly even whoever you are hiking with. Think about when you turn your lights off at night in your room and it’s pitch black. Right at first you can’t even see your hand in front of your face, after 30-45 minutes you can see fairly well.
  • Use your peripheral vision. You are going to be relying on your other senses much more when hiking at night so you need to maximize the vision you do have. Your peripheral vision can be very helpful in remaining aware of your surroundings.
  • Take it slow. Don’t be in a hurry, enjoy yourself, and take it all in. Listen to the sounds of the night. Try and pick out animal sounds that you don’t normally hear on day hikes. Trying to rush your way through a hike when it’s completely dark out can result in injury if you aren’t careful.
  • Dress appropriately. The temperature is usually cooler and you may need to wear long pants and a jacket. This will also depend on the time of year. If you are going in the summer, it’s very possible the nights are still pretty warm where you live. Just something to consider, best not to be stuck outside for several hours and be cold.
  • Bring a phone and GPS if you have one. I recommend this for day hikes as well. When you are out in the wilderness and away from civilization you should have a way to make a call. I realize many hiking trails leave cell phone service behind, which is why a handheld GPS with 2 way texting could really save your butt if something unexpected were to happen. See the list below for a recommendation on a good one.
  • Stay close to your group. Whether you are hiking with one friend or a group, stay close together so that no one gets lost. This is why I suggested above to have a leader in the front and another in the back. They will kind of sandwich everyone in and not let anyone get left behind.
  • Walk carefully. As you know, your chances of tripping and falling at night are greatly increased. You can reduce your chances of busting your butt and hurting yourself by walking in a slightly different manner. Lift your feet up a higher on each step and try to bring the straight down. This will keep you from getting your toes caught on rocks, roots, and other things protruding from the trail.

Dos and don’ts 

There are a few things that you should NEVER do when hiking at night, and I’ll outline them in this section. Conversely, there are also somethings that you should ALWAYS do. I’ve mentioned some of these above already, but they are important and I want to be sure and really drive them home.

Things you should NOT DO on a night hike:

  • Go hiking alone. As I mentioned above this can be dangerous, especially for a beginner hiker. Someone new to night hiking, someone with poor night vision or poor in general, or someone not in the best physical shape shouldn’t even think about going alone.
  • Night hike a new trail. It’s important that your surroundings are familiar. Choose an easy trail that you know well!
  • Venture off the trail. Stay on the main trail. A night hike is not the time for exploration since getting lost and falling are real dangers.

Things you SHOULD DO on a night hike:

  • Bring a headlamp and extra batteries. Even though you won’t be using it the whole time, you need to have quick access to a light when you do need one. Also pack extra batteries to make sure you aren’t left in the dark without a light.
  • Pack the right gear. A night hike requires a few different items that you normally wouldn’t need, and then many that you may be used to bringing on a typical day hike. See the full night hiking gear list below.
  • Tell someone you are going. Inform a friend or family member where and when you are going. It will take you a couple of minutes to make the call and it never hurts to play it safe.

What to pack 

Night hiking requires you to alter what you might normally pack on a day hike. Not drastically, but alter nonetheless. The additional items you need are important to a successful night hike so pay attention to this gear list for hiking at night.

Hiking gear checklist for a night hike

guy wearing a headlamp

In this section I’ll go over some items you may want to add to enhance your night hiking experience and others that I think are going to be crucial to a safe and successful night hike. In addition, you’ll also see some basic hiking essentials such as plenty of water, food and snacks, and the right clothing and footwear.

A quality headlamp

One of the most important items to pack on a night hike in my opinion. You may be tempted to just leave it on for the duration of the hike, but you need to minimize the use of the headlamp. Your goal should be to let your eyes adjust and just use what natural light the moon and stars provide. Flip the headlamp on when you need it, flip it back off when you don’t.

There are many options out there for headlamps but I recommend you don’t skimp on this one and go for the cheapest one. The higher end ones are going to range from $50 – $100 or so and in my opinion are definitely worth the extra money. I made the mistake of buying the cheapest one I could find, it worked ok for one hike but then I started having problems with it.

This headlamp from Coast on Amazon is a great choice. The batteries last up to 64 hours, it has 3 brightness settings, varying distance settings, and a lifetime warranty. In addition it’s lightweight and adjustable for a snug fit and has great reviews on Amazon. Perfect for a night hike.

It also never hurts to have an extra flashlight as well. Something like this mini-tactical flashlight on Amazon would take up very little room in your pack and would be great to have on the off chance that your headlamp stopped working.

Protection from predators

This one definitely isn’t a requirement but I felt like it should be added on here after reading a recent article where a runner was attacked by a mountain lion. This guy was actually able to choke the large cat with his bare hands and kill it! I’m not sure many of us could do that though.

Bears are also know to forage at night so it is a possibility that you could cross one’s path, assuming they live in the area where you will be hiking. Typically a bear will not attack a human unless it’s a mother protecting her cubs, but a cougar could very well attack you. As you can see from reading the above article, it does happen.

If you have a concealed carry permit, and you have checked with your park office and double checked state laws regarding carrying a firearm in the specific area you are planning your night hike then it is an option. Personally, I would feel very safe with this tactical knife.

Night vision binoculars

This is definitely not a requirement and more of a luxury item. I think it’s an item you might want to strongly consider. You could use them for stargazing or finding that Barred Owl you keep hearing nearby.

I am by no means an expert on night vision but there seems to be three types of night vision binoculars.

Low light binoculars

The low light options are going to be your least expensive and are meant to be used in semi-dark conditions. Sure they will improve your vision somewhat at night but it’s not going to allow you to see everything perfectly.

Here’s an example of a popular pair of low light binoculars on Amazon. These will work good for just before sunset or possibly even if it’s a full moon. To be honest though they probably aren’t a great choice for pitch black.

Infrared Binoculars

Infrared is another option for night vision binoculars. These aren’t just made to be used in semi-darkness either. With these infrared binoculars from Amazon, you can see in pitch black darkness, record audio, video, and snap pictures. They only zoom up to 2x so don’t expect to see too far with them, but do expect to see very well in the darkness.

Thermal Imaging Binoculars

Now this option is the best you can get, and are also insanely expensive. I thought I would add them to the list anyway just so you can see what a pair of thermal night vision binoculars look like. That price probably made your jaw drop. With these you see an object from up to 2,000 yards away. The picture should be sharp down to the tiniest details and in pure darkness.

Fire starter

This is more of a just in case. My reasons for adding this are simple. If you were to somehow lose your way and be lost in the woods on a chilly night, you’ll need a way to make a fire. On top of this a fire starter like this one, or simply a bic lighter are both very cheap and small. They will take up virtually no room in your pack and it’s just something that’s nice to have.

Sleeping bag

This one is totally optional and being overly cautious. The chances of needing it are about as high as needing the fire starter.. slim to none. In that off chance though that you get lost and have to make camp, it sure would be nice to have something to sleep on.

When you think sleeping bags for backpacking you think of these huge rolled up things on the top of your pack that take up a ton of room. They make ultralight sleeping bags now that fit in the palm of your hand, like this lightweight sleeping bag that you can get on Amazon for pretty cheap.

Reflective or glowing bracelets

This is a cool idea for keeping track of your hiking buddies, especially in larger groups. Think about it, it’s dark, hard to keep track or everyone. If everyone had a glowing bracelet of some type it would be so much easier to stay in a group, and not lose anyone.

These blinking LED bracelets would be absolutely perfect for a night hike. They light up in a fast blink or slow blink. So you could have your hiking leaders have the fast blink and everyone else have the slow blink!

A good backpack

Just like any other hike you’ll need a good backpack to keep your stuff in. On a night hike you’ll probably want something lightweight, one of the packs on this list of lightweight daypacks would would great. I am personally using the Osprey Viper 9 hydration pack for my day hikes lately (would work fine for a night hike though). It doesn’t have a ton of storage room but it’s fine for a 4-6 hour hike and it holds plenty of water.

Proper footwear

A good pair of hiking shoes are crucial to any hike, night hikes included. I like shoes that protect my feet and keep them dry, so waterproof is preferred though not required. Proper footwear is doubly important on a night hike when the chances of tripping and falling are greatly increased. Here are some of the best hiking shoes for men and women, all are popular choices on Amazon.

A light jacket

The temperature is typically cooler at night. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need a jacket though. Here in Tennessee, in the heat of summer it’s in the lower to mid 80s at night a lot of times. However it may be different at night where you are.

Or maybe you are doing your night hike in the fall when it will actually be pretty chilly at night. In which case you should definitely layer and bring a lightweight jacket. Check your weather forecast and dress appropriately.

Water and food

It almost goes without saying to bring plenty of water on any hike. Almost. I can’t emphasize the importance of staying hydrated on a hike. It may be much cooler, a bit less humid, and the sun won’t be blaring so you may not find yourself quite as thirsty as your would on a day hike in the middle of summer.

They say you should drink a liter an hour on a strenuous hike, this is undoubtedly referring to the day time with the sun and the heat. So this is a good metric to go by even though you may find yourself needing less.

Be sure to pack some high energy snacks as well. Some of my favorite snacks for hiking include protein bars, beef jerky, and trail mix. They don’t take up much room in your pack and give you a great energy boost. I’ll sometimes pack a sandwich and sit down on a rock or a log and enjoy it halfway through a hike.

Handheld GPS

Not a necessity but definitely nice to have. In many cases a cellphone will do just find if you know that you’ll have a signal on the trail you are going out on. But we all know that data service is spotty out in the wilderness. Having a handheld GPS when on a hike guarantees that you’ll never get lost.

So if you’ve been wanting one anyway then this is the perfect excuse to pull the trigger. The Garmin GPSMAP 64st is one the most popular options on Amazon. Pay a little extra for the Garmin inReach and have also have communication with the two text messaging ability.

Trekking poles

Trekking poles are great for hiking at night. They will help you find sure footing when taking steps in the darkness and the added stability could save you from a nasty fall. Check out my article on the best trekking poles for hiking if you want a few extra options. But if you just want to find some great hiking poles then these Foxelli trekking poles on Amazon are well made, perfect for a hike, and won’t break the bank.

A loud whistle

A noisemaker of some type could help you in a couple of ways. If you get lost from the rest of your group it could help someone find you. Additionally, if you encounter a predator of some type, like the cougar that runner did in the article I linked to above, a loud noise like that might just be enough to scare them off. Or if I’m not mistaken, that firestarter above has a whistle attached to it so that would kill two birds with one stone.

Is it dangerous to hike at night?

It can be very dangerous to hike at night, especially if you aren’t prepared and do not take the proper precautions. There are plenty of dangers involved on any hike, day or night but there are many more risks at night. We aren’t nocturnal creatures and don’t see at night near as well as we do in the day time.

The biggest dangers of night hiking

Below is a list of some the dangers of hiking at night in order of most to least concerning in my opinion, but not necessarily the most to least dangerous.

1. Tripping and Falling

In my opinion this should be your top concern. Tripping on a root or rock can result in a serious injury in the day time, but at night it can be much worse. Many hiking trails follow along the edges of steep drop offs that if you fell off of could easily result in a very serious injury or even death. So follow all of the tips in this article and even read back over it if you want. Do everything you can to protect yourself from falling.

Wearing proper footwear, taking careful and deliberate steps like I described above, and utilizing some good trekking poles like I linked to are just some of the ways that you can better prepare yourself for a safe night hike where you don’t end up on your face at any point.

2. Getting Lost

This should also be high on your list of things not to do when when hiking at night. Wandering off the trail and getting lost can be catastrophic under the right (or wrong) circumstances. If it’s an easy trail, one that you know very well, or maybe one where you aren’t really going to stray too far from the parking area then this probably won’t be a big concern.

A handheld GPS like one of the ones I linked to above could remove this concern from your list. Especially if hiking in a large group, it’s probably a good idea for someone to have a GPS. Definitely if you are going a few miles out.

3. Getting smacked in the face by branches

Getting hit in the face by a branch that you didn’t see is pretty common when the visibility is poor. Probably not going to result in any serious injuries but possibly some scratches. If it whacks you just right one of your eyes could be damaged though so still be very careful.

Use your hands (like Frankenstein) when walking if you are unsure, make use of your headlamp any time you need to. Another reason why I highly recommend scouting out your trail that you are doing your night hike on in advance. You’ll find potentials threats like branches that could leave a nasty scratch on your face.

Also consider using a pair of infrared binoculars (also linked above) to stop and scope out your trail as you are walking as their range will be much further than the light from your headlamp or flashlight can reach.

4. The temperature

If you aren’t hiking in the summertime and the temperature is gonna get pretty cold then it could definitely pose a problem if you are dressed accordingly. A 50 degree day can easily become a 30 degree night in some cases, and that can be pretty darn cold when out in it for hours at a time.

Check your weather forecast as you would for any hike. If you decide to go on a night that is going to be cold then layer, wear some wool hiking socks, warm hiking boots or shoes, and bring a warm jacket. Don’t forget your gloves and a hat as well.

5. Nocturnal predators

This one may seem highly unlikely and that’s probably because it is. If you live in a region where there are no mountain lions or bears foraging for food at night then you might be safe. I bet that runner who was attacked by the mountain lion never thought it would happen to him either (link above). Not trying to scare you as this is extremely unlikely, just trying to cover all the bases here.

Stepping on a rattlesnake is also a possibility although also unlikely. Between the hiking shoes, trekking poles, long pants, and headlamp you should be covered.

6. Witches and Skeletons

As we all know witches and skeletons live in the woods and come out at night. With skeletons you can just hit them with a stick and they should fall apart because they have nothing holding their bones together. Witches are a bit more tricky.

This was obviously meant to be a joke but I did find an article on protection against witches!

Advantages to hiking at night

  • Cooler Temperatures. -This is one of the biggest ones for me. The sun and the heat won’t be blaring, assuming it’s in the summer, so you can enjoy much more comfortable temperatures.
  • A different sky. – Instead of a sky with a giant fireball beaming heat down on you, you get a sky full of beautiful stars and a moon, provided it’s a clear night.
  • An overall new experience. – This is kinda just because you wanted to, and you can. I mean if you have done your homework and are being safe then why not go hiking at night? You may discover that you really enjoy it.

Is night hiking legal?

I have read nothing that says night hiking is illegal. However, I do strongly recommend that you check with your park office if you are going hiking in a state or federal park. Many state a federal parks may have varying hours where certain or all trails are closed to the public. In which case you would be violating rules if you went past those times.

Other parks may not close, this is up to you to do your homework and make sure that they allow hiking at night at the time that you are planning on going.

Wildlife you might see

owl at night

When it comes to the nature of a night hike, so many things are completely different. Especially the wildlife. The nocturnal creatures you might run across will generally be very scarce during the day.

These nocturnal animals can also be very vocal so don’t be surprised if you hear some strange noises. Others you hear may be one’s that you hear in your backyard at night. Here’s a list of some common critters in the U.S. that are most likely awake at night and you could hear or even see while going hiking at night.

  • Owls – I think almost everyone thinks of owls when they think of nocturnal animals, I know I do. Owls are very active at night generally because they feed and hunt at night. You just might hear or see one.
  • Bears – Bears are known to forage for food at night. If you live in a region where bears live then be wary. Bears generally do not bother humans but they are powerful animals that should never be approached.
  • Cougars – I’ve mentioned cougars, or mountain lions, many times in this article I feel like but that’s ok. They are real, they hunt at night, and they have been known to attack people on rare occasions.
  • Coyotes – Another very common nocturnal animal. Their howl is very familiar and travels a great distance, and if you hear one you’ll know it.
  • Foxes – Foxes are also active at night and you may even hear their strange little barking noises that they make.
  • Raccoons – Ah.. the notorious trash panda. They are oh so active at night looking for food. Completely harmless but very mischievous.
  • Bats – Known for living in caves and other dark places in the day, bats are very active at night looking for food such as moths and other bugs.
  • Opossums – Just like raccoons they are always digging through trash cans at night and just about anywhere they can find food.
  • Frogs – Especially little tree frogs, they can be so noisy at night but I love the sound of frogs in the trees at night. Something about it just reminds me of a warm summer night.
  • Crickets – Also very noisy at night, and a noise you don’t normally hear during the day. Stop, close your eyes for a moment, and listen for crickets and tree frogs when hiking at night.
  • Various other birds – Not all songbirds retire for the night. A few species such as whippoorwills and mockingbirds can be heard even in the middle of the night.
  • Deer – Deer are very timid and shy and will do anything they can to avoid humans, and rightfully so. They too can often be found foraging for food at night time when they think they are safe.
  • Hedgehogs – Primarily nocturnal, hedgehogs are very active at night and sleep for up to 18 hours a day.. sounds like my cat!

Who should go night hiking?

Just because you are able to go hiking in the day time doesn’t necessarily mean that you should go hiking at night. As I’ve emphasized over and over in this article hiking at night is a different world. Someone who is elderly, disabled, or otherwise impaired should not attempt a night hike alone and possibly not at all.

Above all just use good judgement and common sense. If a person is obviously unfit and likely to trip and fall walking down their driveway to check the mail then they have no business on a rocky trail where there is a chance of falling literally every 2 feet.

Kids and night hiking

Again, using good judgment, hiking with kids at night can be a very fun and an enriching experience for everyone involved. There are boy scout troops, church youth groups, students, and regular families that do it all the time.

When it comes to kids you can never be too careful so definitely choose an easy, preferably flat trail in a familiar area. The LED bracelets I linked to above would be excellent for keeping track of your kids as you’ll easily be able to see anyone who has fallen or strayed from the path.

Can you bring your dog on a night hike?

Dogs see very well in both the day and night. You may notice their eyes glowing at night nime, this is due to a light-reflecting surface known as the tapetum lucidum, located between the optic nerve and the retina. It allows them to see much better than humans at night and in low light environments.

So we’ve determined that dogs can see very well at night time, but should you take them hiking at night? Again, it’s a judgement call. Personally I’m not so sure I would want to be responsible for a dog and have to hold on to a leash while also being extra careful to not fall walk into a tree. I would have to take into account the dog and his behaviour, the location of the hike, the weather and if it were going to be a full moon, among other factors.

If you have a very well behaved dog and you think he will do fine or has already been on night hikes and done fine, then by all means. Just be safe with your furry friend. Even though he can see better than you, he’s still susceptible damaging his paws on a hike.

Night hike activities

boy scouts laughing

When hiking with kids or in groups, you may want to have some night hiking activities lined up for the group. I haven’t tried any of the ones listed below myself so I’m not quite sure what they all are, but some do sound very familiar.

I did do some research and there are tons of ideas out there. Here’s a list of night hiking activities, and a simple Google search will bring up loads more. I’ll also quickly list out some that I found.

Additional sources for night hiking activities:,,,, Each of the below activities can be found in one of these links.

  • Baby bat search
  • Mom’s voice
  • Nose lickers
  • Fading colors
  • Raccoon food
  • Silent owl wings
  • Sounds of the night
  • Animal ears
  • Nocturnal Menagerie
  • Rock On – rub quartz together to make flash of light and smell
  • Latitude
  • Night owl
  • Bioluminescence
  • Spider eyes
  • Legend of the stars
  • Insect ID
  • What’s up DOC?
  • Bat/Moth game
  • Animal calling
  • Stop at a campsite and build a fire
  • Map constellations
  • 3 sticks
  • Capture the treasure
  • Smugglers game
  • Hide and seek tapping sticks
  • Outdoor adventure games
  • Camp attack or flag robbery
  • Attack – defend
  • Treasure hunt
  • A night in the woods
  • Rope Walks
  • Glow stick tracking
  • Torch tag
  • Capture the flag


So there you have it. This is everything I could think to talk about in regards to hiking at night. Hiking in the day time is definitely much more popular and mainstream, but a nice and peaceful night hike is unlike any day hike you’ll ever do.

If I’ve missed anything in this guide please feel free to comment below and I can add it to this article. Thanks for reading!

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