…That’s what they do.
If they’re not used to walking on certain surfaces, they will soon adapt with practice.
“And forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” —Kahlil Gibran
Barefoot Hiking?! Sure!
Nothing feels more natural than hiking through nature barefoot.
The toes and soles of our feet have the same sensory capacity as our hands and are meant to sense the surfaces they tread. The many textures and sensations offered by the earth, grass, moss, gravel, mud and other natural surfaces provide a sensory delight for bare feet. Many could not see hiking any other way!
HIKING BAREFOOT causes virtually no trail erosion as a bare foot makes much less of an imprint than a booted foot–offering an environmentally sound choice for hiking.
Videos of barefoot hikers and climbers in action:
- Happy Barefoot Family – Hiking in Brisbane National Park in Australia
- Barefoot Ted McDonald and Barefoot Larry – Climbing Mt. Whitney
- Tom Perry – Climbing in rugged mountain terrain
- “Extreme” Barefoot Hiking – A blissful barefoot hiker hiking Camelback mountain in Arizona while juggling sticks
- Matt Cardell – Climbing barefoot to the top of Mount Elbert (+14,000 feet), Colorado’s highest mountain (2016)
Above: Video of a barefoot walk and hike at Godolphin House in West Cornwall, England with Dr. Steven Bloor, the barefoot podiatrist
Blog account: Read John Harder’s inspiring blog entitled, “The Art and Sole of Barefoot Hiking,” in which he relates his transition to barefoot hiking and the benefits he gained
Blog account: Barefooting the Great North Walk, One Man’s Journey from Sydney to Newcastle – the personal account of Australian barefoot hiker Jeff Pages
HikeWNC – An example of a general hiking website that endorses hiking barefoot as a reasonable choice under “General Hiking Considerations.”
How To Start Barefoot Hiking – a brief introduction
Barefoot Hikers Chapters:
• California (San Francisco Bay area) — Mike Berrow
• Colorado — Mary Hartman
• Connecticut, (Thomaston) — Richard K. Frazine
• Connecticut — David Ellis
• Massachusetts (Eastern) — John Govoni
• Minnesota — Jim Guttmann
• Missouri (Greater Kansas City) — Tom Kutscher
• North Carolina (Western) — Kriss Sands
• Ohio — Greg Morgan
• Pennsylvania (NJ, DE, MD) — Christopher Roat
• South Carolina — William Hinsch
If you hike barefoot, or would like to, and would like to head-up your own Barefoot Hikers chapter, please contact us for information and about adding a link to your site on this page.
Interested in trying a barefoot hike? Here’s a Beginner’s Guide.
A Book About Bare Feet
It’s a “how-to” book on barefoot hiking, but also on bare feet in general including thoughts, perceptions, and a historical and cultural viewpoint.