Something you need to add to your bucket list is completing a sunset hike! Doesn’t have to be long or difficult. There are several short hikes out there, that are beautiful for a sunset view. Here are some tips that’ll get you on a sunset hike in no time.
Start with a Trail you are Familiar with
Choosing a trail that you’ve already completed is a great place to start! You’ll feel more comfortable hiking back in the dark and know where to go, as you know what to expect. This is why I also recommend going on a short trail, as you may not want to hike back out in the dark for too long.
Bring a Source of Light
You’re starting the hike with daylight, however you’d be surprised how fast you lose daylight when the sun sets. I personally like to use a headlamp for hiking back in the dark, so I can be hands free. If your source of light requires batteries, make sure to bring extras in case it dies during the hike. Remember, you can’t rely on your phone as a flashlight, as sometimes it can fail on you!
Be Aware of Wildlife
This will depend on where you are located. What kind of wildlife is known in the area? On this particular sunset hike, we were in black bear country. Therefore, I made sure to bring my bear spray and was bear aware during this particular hike. I was singing, talking loudly, clapping my hands – along the way, to make my presence known.
Plan for the Weather
Will it be cold? Will it be hot? Will I need extra layers? Will it rain? Many questions to ask yourself! When the sun sets, it can get cold real fast, that’s why it’s important to bring extra layers as needed. Plus, if you arrive early for the sunset, you might want to be cozy and bundle up.
Share your Plans with Someone
This is something to do on all hikes! Let someone know your plans. Let them know where you are hiking, with who, when you will be back, etc. If you end up in a situation, you’ll have a contact that’ll know your whereabouts.
Do your Research
Personally, I love doing trail research. It makes hiking the trail afterwards, that much more rewarding! I usually spend time asking people only, in order to gather information for particular sunset hikes. You can ask people on Instagram, TikTok, blogs, and even Facebook groups. I also would look up at what time the sun would set, to plan what time I wanted to be there for.
Pack some Food and Water
This is an essential for all hiking trips. However, if you arrive a little early for the sunset, enjoy the views and have a snack. Or even have a lil summit beer! Remember to always pack out all your garbage afterwards.
I hope these tips will help you out on your next sunset hike!