I am so lucky to have a network of beautiful trails I can walk to from my home. They are my “go to” trails when I need to stay close or don’t have a ton of time. As beautiful as they are, I sometimes find myself a little bored of seeing the same sights over and over since I have hiked the trails hundreds of times. So I invented a few ways to keep my hikes interesting.
1. Go for a sunrise hike.
Sunrise for me is by far the best tome of day. It is so magical, the air is so fresh, and I love watching nature wake up. This is also the time I see the most wild animals as there is usually nobody else on the trail.
2. Notice the changes of the different seasons.
The scenery changes with the seasons. I try to be conscious and acknowledge the changes. I admire the golden leaves of the Fall, the stark ruggedness of winter, the softness and colors of spring, and the warm sunshine of summer.
3. Take different routes.
Although I can access the trails from my home, I will sometimes drive to other trailheads and take a different route than my “normal” hike. It allows me to see the trail from a different perspective and I usually find something I haven’t noticed before.
4. Invite someone who hasn’t hiked your trail yet.
I love showing off my favorite trail to friends that haven’t hiked it before. I feel so blessed to have it so close and want to share it. I love talking about the history and the different plants and trees. It revives my love for it.
5. Hike when it’s raining!
of course this will only work on a trail that can be hiked in the rain without causing trail damage but it’s so much fun! I actually look forward to the rain so I can get to my trail. It’s invigorating and feels primal to me. Plus it s great way to test any gear that you need to test on a trail you know.