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World Naked Hiking Day 2021

Hiking Naked at Mountain Air Ranch

Summer solstice, June 21, is the longest day of the year but it also is known unofficially as Naked Hiking Day. People enjoy hiking both by themselves and in groups naked. Of course, with it falling so close to Father’s Day, it does lead to concerns about families who are also out hiking. Federal law in the United States does not make nudity illegal, but local laws in states and cities do in some cases.

Nude hiking in Gard, Summer 2008, with 39 persons, Gilbau, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This month I finally had the opportunity to hike nude for the first time. This opportunity really has made me look at how I hike in the future. I was far more comfortable than I ever have been before. Hiking nude is nothing new and is more common in European countries more than in the United States.

Although it is not illegal in a lot of places, there is always the chance for someone to be offended by our nakedness. If you do plan to go hike nude, be sure to know the local laws and regulations, but also be familiar with the trails you plan to hike. It is best to find a secluded and little known or used trail to attempt to limit contact with others who may be offended.

Hiking at Mountain Air Ranch Family Nudist Resort. Copyright 2021. All Rights Reserved.

When I hiked nude for the first time, I went to my local naturist resort. Being at the resort meant that I would not be running into anyone who might be offended. At Mountain Air Ranch Family Nudist Resort, there are 10 miles of hiking trails where you can hike sans clothing. By going to a resort to hike is a good idea because you’ll find the freedom of being around like minded people who will not get law enforcement involved for something that isn’t sexual.

Now there are some hazards to look out for when you are on the trail. There are poisonous plants that can be a major hazard since you’re not wearing any kind of barrier to keep it away from your skin. These plants to avoid are poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. All of these will create a very itch rash that will be very uncomfortable. You really do need to be able to identify each on. I have included pictures of each below.

Another danger to anyone either clothed or not is mosquitoes and ticks. Be sure to think about taking some inspect spray and put it on before hitting the trail. You don’t want to be itching in uncomfortable places. Be sure that you check yourself over for ticks when you return. If you can’t fully inspect yourself for them, get someone else to assist you. Ticks can and do carry lime disease and that can be passed on to you.

Finally the most likely danger that you might run into would be the sun. A sunburn will make you very uncomfortable when you finally start to relax after your hike. Even if it is cloudy, you’ll want to put on sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. Protect your skin because you can develop skin cancer far more easily if you don’t wear sunscreen. And put it on all your bits because you don’t want a burn where you have never been exposed to the sun.

Be careful along your trek and be mindful to keep your distance from any wildlife. If you’re hiking in the mountains, you are more than likely to run into some kind of animals. Watch carefully for snakes as well. When you are out some distance from help, you want to be cautious. And lastly, have fun and enjoy the experience.

Enjoying a nice shade spot along my hike at Mountain Air Ranch. Copyright 2021. All Rights Reserved.

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