“I lied and said I was busy. But not in a way most people understand. I was busy taking deeper breaths. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts. I was busy calming a racing heart. I was busy telling myself I am okay.” – B. Oakman
Have you ever hiked at night? Don’t you love the company of the mountain lions (from afar), night sky, and city lights once you’ve reached the peak? I have to admit most of the time I prefer hiking solo or with one other person. If you’ve been following my blog I don’t really like big groups. However, night hikes are different for me. For safety reasons, I’d rather be with a group.
Griffith Park is an amazing oasis in Los Angeles. When I used to live in LA, I would hike the trails or go cycling all the way to the top a couple of times a month. However, since I’ve moved I haven’t had the chance to hike it in the last few years. I decided to join a group and visit my old stomping ground. I won’t deny it brought back good memories.
During Halloween, they have the famous Haunted Hayride attraction. The hiking path we took led us to a bird’s eye view of the attraction as well as hearing loud screams of the people being chased by fake monsters and zombies. I mean there’s nothing more comforting than hearing screams while on a night hike right? (Pun obviously intended) It sure made the hike a lot more entertaining.
As soon as we went further along the trail I’ve seriously forgotten how difficult this trail could be once you go off the beaten path. I was completely winded halfway up. I totally blame it on lazily lounging on the beach (or at home) instead of hiking and keeping fit the entire summer. Hiking is definitely not like riding a bike. So I stopped, took a deep breath (and a picture), and watch them walk uphill as seen from the photo below.
But I pushed myself and I did NOT regret it once I saw the view. Yes, I am a complete sucker for a breathtaking view (and a man with a 6 pack) but I’m straying from the topic. How could I have possibly forgotten why Griffith Park will always be worth every single sweat, leg cramping, and painful muscles after each hike? Once again, I’ll let the pictures show what I’m unable to describe in words. From afar, you’ll see the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theater (where great concerts happen) as well as LA city lights.
Tips for a night hike:
1. It gets cooler once you reach higher elevation wear layers and bring a sweater.
2. Always bring food and water, the amount varies on the level of difficulty and distance for the hike.
3. Bring a headlamp. You want to keep your hands free while hiking especially on steep inclines. I highly recommend this headlamp from Amazon.
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4. If you’re going on tougher hikes, make sure you have decent hiking shoes. Please see link below.
Men’s Hiking Shoes
Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Granite, 12 M US
Women’s Hiking Shoes
Merrell Women’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe,Taupe,9 M US
5. Don’t hike alone at night and always let someone know where you’re hiking.
Also, if you’d like to check out what other hiking gears I use/recommend. Please visit my website https://nothingbutgears.com/product-category/hiking-gears
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