This from GreenBelly Meals:
Naked Hiking Day is the day when clothes come off and body parts breathe freely. Thru-hikers, weekend backpackers, and day hikers annually unite across the globe for one day to shamelessly hit the trails in their birthday suits.
Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail are the largest participants. Most are on remote trails, away from heavily trafficked areas, and can bare all without much risk of offending anyone or terrifying any small children.
It is meant to be fun and nothing more. The day has slowly evolved into somewhat of a summertime ritual and a right of passage for all thru-hikers to partake. It is not for the shy... nor for those that sunburn easily.
When is Naked Hiking Day?
It is held on Summer Solstice, June 21st. Also known as "midsummer," the day has been a part of folklore and fairy tales for centuries as a day believed to hold special powers.
We are not about to go down the fairy tale rabbit trail. However, it is clear that "Hike Naked Day" spawned from some of this midsummer folklore. It is also believed that celebrations have been held annually since the turn of the century when like-minded souls all over the world decided to throw off the bonds of their clothes to get buck-naked and commune with nature by having a frolic and cavorting through bush trails.
Wiccans, New Agers, and Scandinavians are also known to dance around maypoles on Naked Hiking Day and thousands gather at Stonehenge to partake in the "all-natural" celebration.
Naked Hiking Tips...
Note we are not advocating breaking the law. Hike naked only where it is legal and proceed baring all at your own risk. Ask the land owner when in doubt. Even then, there are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid human contact and stay safe.
- Just because your body is bare does not mean you should hike without supplies - including food, proper footwear, gear, AND clothes.
- Chamois cream and products like Button Hole can help with chaffing.
- You are not protected by... well anything, so keep to "safer trails". AKA - no prickly bushes, rock scrambles, etc that could harm your baby-soft skin.
- Use trails that are less popular and avoid those that are used by children.
- Make the most of the early morning when many people are still dozing in bed.
- Keep in mind the number of trailheads and parking lots on your particular trail. it will help make it easier to monitor the number of hikers out.
- Some of this newly exposed skin might not have ever seen daylight, so don't forget to protect it with sunscreen.