Recently, I have been intrigued by hiking at night to watch the stars. It gives a different perspective on a trail and makes what you may have done before, exciting and new.
Because I have ran this trail hundreds of times I felt like I knew it well enough to strap on some headlamps and hike up at midnight to watch the stars, and play with photography. Here are some photos from my recent night hike. The girl in the photo is my wife, and yes I know I am lucky that I have someone willing to walk through the woods in the pitch black with me.
If you would like to try night hiking I would recommend:
1. Sticking to familiar trails so there are no surprises in the dark such as fallen trees or unsteady boulders.
2. Bringing lots of light, glow sticks, flashlights, headlamps, etc.
3. Even though it is cooler, bring water as you still can work up a good sweat and get quite thirsty.
4. Bring a hiking partner and let at least one other person know where you are going and when you should be back.