June 24, 202
By An Trieu
Written or unwritten rules of the trail. 'Proper hiking etiquette helps instill respect for other trail users, and it promotes stewardship of the land.' - National Park Services
Say hello! Announce yourself politely if you want to pass from behind. Step aside so others can pass if you're slow. Keep music low or turn off phones completely.
And help preserve the trail and the ecosystems that surround it. Turn back if trail is too muddy to save the potential damage.
Hikers coming uphill have the right of way and going downhill yield to those hiking uphill.
Always practice Leave No Trace principles and do not break or take anything that don't belong to you. Only come home with photographs and happy memories.
Don't feed wild animals as they can become dangerous when consuming human food. Always watch from a safe distance following parks and local rules.
Use a private spot at least 200 feet away from trail, camping area, and water sources. Bring a zip bag to pack out your toilet paper.
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