I love hiking in a skirt. I, unfortunately, am a very sweaty person and shorts feel binding and hot when I hike on hot days or even hike enough to make me sweat a little bit. A skirt allows ventilation, ease of movement and coverage. My only annoyance is that hiking skirts have increased in popularity and finding a good cheap skirt is becoming impossible! An alternative is a swim skirt-they are usually quick drying and offer sun protection as well. Happy hiking all!