8 good reasons to go out hiking even in the rain

Before you admit defeat by bad weather, check out all the advantages of a hike in the rain.

Have you already spent a wholeseason hiking-free due to bad weather? Well, the rain doesn't just have its bad side. When it rains, all of nature blooms.
Whether you're a beginner or expert, with the right equipment, good preparation and a positive mindset, hiking in the rain can be a real pleasure for 8 main reasons.

On a safety point: before setting off on a hike, always check on the weather before leaving. Don't just limit yourself to the weather on your favourite TV channel or generalist website. We recommend you look in more detail and check the temperatures, the risks of lightning, landslide or anything else specific to the terrain you'll be crossing.




1/You'll have the trail all to yourself

The rain empties out the trails, so you may not meet anyone and be able to enjoy your hike with a feeling of real exclusivity and tranquillity. A little silence and lots of patience may let you meet animals you don't usually see. However, make sure you're spot on with markers and finding your way with map and compass as you may not come across any other hikers if you get lost. Also, always tell someone you're going hiking, telling them where and for how long.


2/The rain is packed full of negative ions which are good for our body

Even though their name of negative ions can be misleading, they are actually very good for us. The rain is full of them, and all the better for it! They help refresh the air, and help to reduce asthma and chronic fatigue. So the next time you go out to take a good breath of fresh air, wait until it rains to get all the benefits.




3/You'll (re)discover the landscape with your senses increased tenfold

The rain is an extraordinary sensory experience. While its noise helps some to sleep, its smell is also beyond compare. If you're walking through the woods, the grass looks greener, the smell of the trees and plants is sharper and even the sound of the streams formed by the rain and the little waterfalls it creates appear more intense. To enjoy it all while keeping your feet dry, don't forget your over-trousers and gaiters. Indeed, even if your boots are waterproof, water can run off the grass and into your boots and run down your legs.


4/You'll finally be able to test your waterproof jacket, which was beginning to fade in your closet

Admit it - you've been searching for the perfect jacket, waterproof, breathable, lightweight and comfortable to wear for a long time. But your jacket hasn't been out of your wardrobe for an eternity. It's an opportunity to check it lives up to its reputation. Remember, our waterproof jackets undergo specific tests to provide them with a waterproofing score that goes up to 5. To find out all about how to choose your waterproof jacket, it's here. To learn how the impermeability rating of our jackets is calculated, it's there.


5/You'll have the opportunity to see animals that only come out in the rain

You'll also have a better chance of seeing animals in the wild. From snails to salamanders to frogs, everybody should find something to their taste. In these conditions, we recommend that you always have binoculars or your camera to hand. It's an opportunity to organise a snail race with your children, so long as you respect the animals.




6/You may even be lucky enough to see a rainbow

We're all just big kids and a rainbow always brightens up the day. But without the rain, there's no rainbow. There's another reason to go out even when the weather doesn't seem ideal. Read our article on hiking photography to bring back some unforgettable pictures with you. It's also a great motivation to get the youngest children off in search of the hidden treasure at the foot of the rainbow.


7/Your children will love jumping in the puddles

Classic but effective, puddles always appeal to young ones. But be careful to watch where they're going, to make sure they don't slip on muddy ground. Also make sure you kit them out well to prevent water from entering their shoes or boots. Avoid going out for too long with the very young.




8/You don't live in Yuma, Arizona, by any chance

With 330 days of sunshine per year on average with an average of 11 hours per day, Yuma is the sunniest town on the planet according to Guinness Book of Records. Alas, you don't live there, though. But even though your region experiences lots of rainy days, it would be a shame not to enjoy the clean air and magnificent views near where you live due to a light shower. It's exactly the same if you go on holiday where it rains.


Bonus: A hot drink and the feeling of achievement when you get back home

A hot chocolate and a warm bath on your return is to a hike what raclette by the fire is to skiing. So after a hike in the rain, use this time to prepare for your next excursion and why not dream of hiking in distant landscapes or just going and discovering the paths of your local area. In any case, you'll always find a great new hike to do soon.


Good to know: as you've seen, the rain doesn't just have its bad side; it can even be really pleasant. However, make sure you know when it's time to take shelter if your rain shower turns into a storm thanks to our article on the right things to do in the event of a storm in the mountains.