The north side of Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is a very pleasant and relaxing place to walk naked.
This loop trail is 3.2 miles, can be easily walked in under 2 hours. Starting at the parking area located at Smithfield and Livermore Road. Beginning with a walk up a gravel road a short distance to the banks of Morgan Lake. The trail borders the edge of farm fields as we start our way up the north side of Baskett Butte. The trail takes us to the top of Baskett Butte views of the north part of the refuge, seeing all of Morgan Lake and Moffitti Marsh.
Walking down the north side of Baskett Butte the trail will connect with the Moffitti Marsh Trail leading back to Smithfield Road. A second lap is always possible.
The reserve is usually pretty much deserted in the early afternoon. Other people out walking can be easily spotted in the open spaces giving us plenty of time to cover up. This will be the 4th summer we’ve walked naked at Baskett Slough Refuge, never had a bad experience with other people walking, even meeting other nudists out walking.
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Here is a link to trail maps and descriptions: https://www.fws.gov/willamettevalley/baskett/documents/BSNWR%20trail%20des2.pdf
Finley Wildlife refuge is big, it’s really big, 5,325 acres of open space. With habitats ranging from wetlands to upland oak savanna, a diverse array of birdlife, mammals and plants. Offering plenty of space to enjoy a secluded, refreshing and relaxing afternoon of Wandering Bare. The refuge is usually deserted, most people visiting are there in the morning and evening when the birds and wildlife is more active. We have met a few textiled visitors in the past, it’s usually not a problem.
We will enter the reserve on the Beaver & Cattail Ponds trailhead located at a turnout off Bruce Road.
This leisurely walk we’ll visit the Refuge’s diverse habitats, starting with the woodsy path to the Beaver and Cattail Ponds, then continuing on the service road towards Cabell Marsh. From there we’ll turn south onto another service road, wandering past agricultural fields in route to Pigeon Butte, the Refuge’s highest point. The top affords great views of the valley and portions of the Cascade and Coast Ranges. The butte’s gentle slopes are good places to spot threatened and endangered flora such as Golden paintbrush and Willamette Daisy, not to mention lupine and other wildflowers. A short cross-country descent of a hillside meadow will return us to the Cattail Ponds Trail and parking area. Spending a peaceful afternoon Wandering Bare through natural environment of Finley Wildlife Refuge. Roughly 4 miles total.
Here is the link to the Finley trail map.
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Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area is near Albany is a quiet oasis for boating, paddling, hiking and some people think it’s a nudist beach.
This will be our first outing Luckiamute Landing, I’ve heard some good thing about this area.
The Luckiamute River meanders through the 615-acre north tract, flowing into the Willamette River from the west and just a stone’s throw from the Santiam River confluence from the east. Hikers can park at the North Trailhead and take the 3-mile North Unit Loop trail along a meadow and through a hardwood forest of Oregon ash and maple.
So you are looking for someplace to hike Naked in the Central Oregon area that doesn’t put you by a lake or river? But at the same time you want to explore and see an area that has a long volcanic history?
Well, the Ancient Juniper Trail located in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness just might be the hike for you. The Ancient Juniper Trail is mostly topographically flat, but there is a little elevation gain and loss along the way, and while hiking the trail you will see ancient Juniper trees, some of which may be almost 1,000 years old, sagebrush, and many igneous outcrops. The area provides hikers with plenty of solitude. The Ancient Juniper Trail is about 1.9 miles long, but the trail connects with the Flatiron Rock Trail which allows you to hike a loop of about 3.25 miles. To make the loop turn right on the Flatiron Rock Trail to return the the trailhead.
This trail is located in the Badlands Wilderness Area offering panoramic views, desert wildflowers, juniper forests, and lava structures The Ancient Juniper Trail also connects with the Badlands Rock and Flatiron Trails. Giving us a chance to explore the Badlands. You will want to bring plenty of water.
Wandering Bare will celebrate National Naked Hiking Day with a naked hike up to Rooster Rock. Our trek will start at the Trout Creek Trail Head. Since the parking lot will only hold a few cars we’ll meet at the Rooster Rock Trail Head about 2 miles east on Hwy 20 and then carpool to the Trout Creek Trail Head. The hike is about 5 miles of steady ascent and 3 miles back down. You know you are getting close to the top when the madrones start to become immersed in the Douglas firs you’ve been seeing the whole way up. Just shy of the top stands the andesite and basalt pillar is known as Rooster Rock (not to be confused with its namesake in the Columbia River Gorge). Another 100 yards up, and we’ve reached our goal. There is a fantastic view looking out over the South Santiam canyon, and the Three Sisters peek above the hills. After we’ve enjoyed the scenery, it’s time for the descent. Now that the uphill battle has been fought and won. You can notice the finesse of the forest, including Indian pipe, dragonflies, centipedes, wild berries, and perhaps a spotted owl or hairy woodpecker. All in all, the hike will leave you with a sense of accomplishment, an incredible naked hiking escape into a serene and uncrowded natural area.