Summertime is around the corner and it is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the great outdoors. There are a lot of great trails and hiking experiences to be had, but did you know that there is an important etiquette to consider as you plan your adventures? If you are just entering the outdoor community you may be new to this and it would be important for you to know trail and hiking etiquette so that you can ensure the safety of yourself and others while trekking.
Most of this may seem like common sense, however, not everyone has been raised around these activities so let's dive in to make sure we all have the proper awareness as we head into the wilderness.
Etiquette For Hiking This Summer
As you are enjoying your hike it is important to be aware that many use this activity to escape it all, unwind, and refresh. This means they treat their hike as a retreat and an opportunity for silence and introspection. This means that as you hike and share a trail be aware of your noise level. Try to keep your talking and speaking in low tones, especially if you are passing others. The use of loud music isn't preferred by most hikers. Take in the outdoors and all of the sounds and scenes that come with it.
Leave No Trace
This may seem obvious, but it should be said. Don't leave your trash, even something biodegradable. Items like apples or banana peels can attract wildlife and this will make for more attention on the trail than necessary. You should leave no trace of human life as you pass through the outdoors. The best way to do this is to remove all your trash with you. You should also remove any waste that you create. If you need to use the great outdoors as a restroom you should do so at least 200 feet away from any trail or water source and bring disposal bags and toilet paper.
Stay On The Trail
Stay on the trail that you are hiking on. If you wander off, then likely others will wander off, and over time the land will possibly erode or be altered and damaged. When moving over to let someone pass, do so safely but stay near the path.
Leave What You Find
Leave what you find where you find it. Do not remove nature from its intended habitat.
Always be watchful of your surroundings and respect the wildlife around you. Stay on the trail and if you do encounter wildlife, continue. Do not try to get a closer look. Keep the natural distance that has occurred. You want to preserve their home and leave them undisturbed as much as possible.
Keeping these simple tips in mind will keep you and your environment safer.