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Four Reasons to Hike in the Rain

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Author (Glenn Barfield) standing on some rocks next to a lake in the mountains as it's raining.

Now, this may seem like the dumbest thing to do for those that don't frequently hike in the rain. Which is probably everyone not on the western side of the Cascade mountains in Washington and Oregon. Nonetheless, hiking in the rain can be one of the best times to go hiking. Note: being properly prepared helps. Waterproof boots, jackets, and hats are requirements. :)

Let's get my four reasons I like to hike in the rain...

Enjoying the beauty and freshness of nature. Rain can make everything look more vibrant and alive, from the green leaves to the colorful flowers. The air is also cleaner and cooler, and you can breathe in the refreshing scent of wet earth. You may also encounter some wildlife that is more active in rainy weather, such as frogs, snails, and birds.

Having a more peaceful and quiet hike. Rain can deter other hikers from hitting the trails, so you can have more space and solitude to yourself. You can also enjoy the soothing sound of raindrops falling on your jacket and through the branches, which can calm your mind and relax your body.

Challenging yourself and improving your skills. Hiking in the rain can be more difficult than hiking in dry weather, as you have to deal with slippery terrain, muddy paths, reduced visibility, and wet gear. However, this can also make your hike more exciting and adventurous. You can test your endurance, balance, navigation, and problem-solving skills as you face these obstacles. You can also learn how to prepare for rainy hikes by choosing the right clothing, footwear, backpacks, etc.

Feeling a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Hiking in the rain can make you feel proud of yourself for overcoming your fears or doubts and completing your hike despite unfavorable conditions. You can also appreciate the contrast between the wet outdoors and the warm indoors when you return to your car or home. You may feel more grateful for having a dry place to rest after a long day of hiking.

These are just some of the reasons why I like to hike in the rain. Of course, hiking in any weather has its pros and cons, and it's important to be safe and responsible when hiking in rainy conditions. But if you're looking for a new way to enjoy hiking, you may want to give it a try!

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