Don't use a light
That's right, walking through the forest under complete darkness.
Believe it or not humans don't have terrible night vision, most just don't ever experience it. Once you allow your eyes to adjust for 20-25 minutes you will be surprised at your visual capabilities, the trail bounces moonlight back to your eyes and you can actually see where you're going. Another idea to fully take advantage of the night hike is plan them nearest the full moon lunar phase; more light as well as animal activity.
All of the animals that thrive in the night have had thousands of years of selection to help them adapt to the low light scenario, some have excellent vision, others excellent hearing, and others a keen sense of smell. Take your time, move slowly. The lack of sound in the night combined with a crowd of excellent listeners can hinder the activity you see. Think ninja-stealth.
There are two transitional times in which activity mixes between the third shifters and the early birds; just before dawn and right after dusk. Plan your trip so that you can take advantage of these times. Theres nothing like witnessing the great horned owl flying silently through the moonlight dodging adjacent limbs like a fighter jet.
The real treat
Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.