National Naked Hiking Day: at Cascade Head

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June 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cascade Head Rainforest Trailhead
Oregon Coast Hwy & N 3 Rocks Rd
Oregon 97368
Joe Haggerty

Due to the coronavirus, The Nature Conservancy Society has closed the Cascade Head trail until further notice. I will reschedule the Cascade Head Naked Hike when the trail has reopened.
June 21 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the start of summer and National Naked Hiking Day. We’ll celebrate National Naked Hiking Day at Cascade Head – Rainforest Trail. This trail runs north to south within the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. The Rainforest Trail is steep in areas 7 miles in and out with a 1200-foot elevation gain The Sitka Spruce-Western Hemlock rain forest here has been studied by foresters since 1934. This trail is less crowded than the Cascade Head trail in the area and it is entirely inland and has no viewpoints. Mid-way on the trail near the headwaters of Calkins Creek, there remains a grove of six-foot diameter Sitka spruce. The trail has a forested backdrop with large Sitka spruce, Western hemlock, Douglas fir, and Red alder. We can hike this trail later in the day since this trail is lightly used.
Hiking naked is nothing new, although it is more common in Europe than in the U.S. Outdoor author Colin Fletcher wrote in his popular hiking books of enjoying hiking naked through the Grand Canyon and along the Pacific Crest Trail on hot days.
Note to hikers: This trail is in a National Forest where nudity is legal.