Previous Next
Be honest: Do you find the prospect of naked hiking outrageously awesome, eerily intriguing, or appetite off-putting?

CARLO’S REPORTING TODAY on the legal success of a nude hiker in Appenzell, Switzerland, who was fined for “indecent behavior,” has us curious. Just how much interest is there for walking forest trails in the buff?

Quite a bit, it turns out. According to The Sydney Morning Herald’s Nude travel: holidays with cheek, nudist hiking paths are plentiful in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. There are some in Alaska and the Yukon as well (“Warning: This is bare country!”).

To find more, all you have to do is visit the Hiking Naked website. That’s right. There’s a website.

So, is this a trend Matadorians can leap into bare-ass first? Cast your vote below:

Would you ever walk around nekkid in the forest?

View Results

 Loading ...

Community Connection

For more skin, check out a story of Cultural Immersion: Naked Floggings and Arctic Plunges in Russia.

About The Author

Hal Amen

Hal Amen is a managing editor at Matador. His personal travel blog is WayWorded.

  • http://www.kaleidoscopicwandering.com JoAnna

    It’s not that I’m opposed to people hiking in the nude, I just wouldn’t do it. I sunburn so easily I wear pants when it’s 100F and I’m white water rafting. No joke.

  • Adam Roy

    If I can make it down a trail naked without damaging myself, it’s probably not exciting enough for my tastes. Thanks, but no thanks.

  • http://annemerritt.blogspot.com Anne

    Can nude hikers still wear sunhats?
    What’s the bandana situation?
    Is it safe to wear suncream all over?
    What about bugspray?

    I think I’d feel more worried than liberated on this hypothetical nude hike.

    • http://matadortrips.com/ Hal Amen

      Okay, but assuming all your concerns were answered… ;)

  • http://www.scenebylaurie.com Scene by Laurie

    Hiking is about enjoying nature and what’s more natural than your birthday suit, but gross…they may like the freedom but I don’t want to see it…especially hiking, when the body is moving around A LOT, but hey I come from a prudish American upbringing — I notice that the US wasn’t cited above.

  • joshua johnson

    I love that the results are damn near equal…personally it would have to depend on the weather and the amount of equipment I was packing…maybe a day stroll in the nude, or a jaunt around the block. But full-on hiking?…hmmmm

  • Matt K.

    I have to agree with the guy above me-going for a nice walk and clomping around the woods naked are two different beasts. Besides, the boots and socks that full-on hikes usually require sort of off-put the nudity of the entire experience. Add a backpack to that and you’re almost halfway covered.

    That said, if a bunch of my friends got together and wanted to do this, the answer would be a “hell yes” from me.

Not many walk the 509km along Turkey's Mediterranean coast in winter.
Megan Hill lays down the trek to the Sahale Glacier.
Our take on ten of the world's best towns for getting on (and occasionally off) the trail.
When it comes to clothing for hiking, “cotton is rotten.”
Monica Prelle climbs to one of Ontario's highest points and steps to the edge.
The original edition sparked so much debate among readers that we had to revisit the...
Where to hike with your dog within Philadelphia city limits.
The perks of working at Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Hiking is South Korea's national pastime. Hike, climb and scale frozen waterfalls with...
If nude sunbathing isn't enough for you, try this on for size.