day hike

noun

: a hike that is short enough to be completed in a single day
… set up a base camp deep in Escalante Canyon, one of the most popular sections of Grand Staircase-Escalante. From there we'll explore the northeastern portion of the monument in a series of long day hikes.Traveler, April 2000
day hiker noun
or less commonly day-hiker
plural day hikers also day-hikers
Once the day hikers are gone, the hush is profound in this 7,020-acre wilderness … Mike Steere, Outside, April 1993
day hiking noun
or less commonly day-hiking
Clinging precariously to the bouldered canyons, the palms provide wonderful opportunities for photography, day-hiking and picnicking. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, 1992
day-hike intransitive verb
day-hiked; day-hiking; day-hikes
He has day-hiked through the Enchantments, going in over Aasgard Pass and coming out by way of the Snow Lakes trail. Scott Sandsberry, Yakima (Washington) Herald-Republic, 6 Dec. 2011

Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of day hike was in 1918

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“Day hike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/day%20hike. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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