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 and can be easily walked in under 2 hours. We’ll start 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 backside 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.
Next, the Rich Guadgno Loop Trail will add another mile. Last summer we walked it naked. This is a signal track trail winding through a mixed coniferous forest that includes Oregon white oak. In the spring, there should several opportunities to view migratory songbirds in the trees as we make our way through the woodlands. The Rich Guadgno Platform is located on the south side of Baskett Butte. This part of the refuge has more traffic so you’ll probably want to cover up or keep an eye out for textile visitors. There are great views of the wetlands that encompass the southern part of the refuge.
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