Well, i've been on many night hikes and agree it is a totally different kind of experience. I'm not afraid of the dark but when walking through woodland in the pitch black with the wind blowing, the trees creeking and the sound of sticks and twigs falling to the floor, or birds suddenly taking flight as you approach, i'll confess raises all of my senses and can be pretty spooky by yourself.
I have found night hiking the best time to practice navigation skills with a compass because you can't always make out distant features and the impotance of staying of using your compass to maintain a bearing increases.
The wildlife is great at night too.
I went on a night hike a few months ago when a really bad wind blew up almost out of nowhere. I kept on hiking but even with my exertions, started to feel increasingly cold due to the wind chill factor. My teeth started to chatter and my insulation just wasn't making it and I started to recognise the first signs of hypothermia in myself. Anyway, I realised that I needed shelter and something hot to drink / eat and that those things were now a priority. The wind by now was really fierce and the surrounding landscape was I believed, channelling the wind into the valley I found myself in. I did'nt want to climb up to the ridge either to get out of the valley, where the high winds would be a major problem. I ended up finding a small sheltered depression near a large tree, collected the fallen twigs, braches from around the base and nearby and after clearing an area of ground built a small fire. I kept it small (Around the size of a dinner plate in diameter)so that I could sit close to it in the wind break provided by the tree, and also so that I would have sufficient dead wood material at hand without the need to have to leave the fire area and search for more wood. I also managed to eventually get my alcohol stove going and boiled up a hot drink and made some porridge. I can tell you, being in the middle of knowhere, with your teeth chattering, the wind howling around you and the dark night sky above you is certainly a different experience. It felt kind of primative, sat around the fire for warmth and being aware that it was the fire that was really seperating you from that wilderness, coldness, darkness, etc etc.
Anyway, the hot food and drink did its thing and after about two hours or so, the wind dropped almost as suddenly as it has arrived. I put the fire out and continued on the remaining 5 hours of hiking to my destination.
Then as first light broke, in the mist, lower down the valley, I saw a herd of red deer, just stood silently, surveying the horizon. It was a breath taking moment and a complete thrill.
Anyway, hiking at night can be fun but it can also have its moments!!!