Different ways to say hiking
I'm unsure about how to best talk about going hiking. I did a search on here and "escalar" was suggested, but the direct translation of this word is "climbing", which in english has a slightly different meaning than "hiking" (climbing suggests more of an arduous, "straight up" activity, whereas hiking is like a difficult walk, usually in a forest or mountains). The dictionary suggests "ir a excursión" which may be correct...but I've gone on a few hikes while traveling in South America and the only word/phrase I remember being used is "caminata". My problem is, I don't know how to use it - if you want to say "I'm going hiking" do you say "Voy en caminata", "Voy a caminata", "Doy una caminata"...etc.
So my question is really "How does one say 'I'm going hiking' or 'I like to hike'"?
Here are several ways:
dar una caminata - ¿Quieres dar una caminata mañana por la mañana?
ir de caminata - Vamos de caminata el jueves.
ir de excursión - Mis primos van de excursión con nosotros.
To go hiking:
Have a look at this thread
Another possible way to say "go hiking" is "hacer senderismo".
Senderismo is what I have always heard when people were talking about hiking
I have heard... "Me voy al monte" Technically means "I am going to the hill" but used to say "hiking".