December 06, 2011
Mandatory gear: Illumination (flashlight or headlamp), eyewear, hiking footwear and apparel.
The gist: Get your flashlight ready. Hiking in the dark is a whole new world.
The premise is simple: Get out after dark to do your favorite hike in city parks or wilderness areas. After the sun goes down, most people go home, leaving nocturnal explorers peace and solitude even in high-traffic locales. Good illumination and eyewear (prevent branches in the eyes!) is required. Tip: Scan the night woods with a high-power flashlight to reveal glowing animal eyes. Caveats: Look for park rules about open/close hours, and be mindful, especially in urban areas, of potential isolation at night.