What is proper trail etiquette? An expert lays out the do’s and don’ts of hiking

Every trail has rules, and often there are signs not just at the trailhead but also along the trail to remind hikers of what to do and what not to do to respect the environment.

However, some of the guidelines for hiking seem to get overlooked time and time again, either out of lack of knowledge or intentionally.

The State Trail Programs Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, answered a few questions about trail etiquette based on the most commonly violated rules.

Why is it important to stay on the trail?

What’s the big deal if someone relieves themselves right off the trail?

What’s the harm in feeding the wildlife?

If a dog is friendly, why does it have to be on a leash?

Who has the right of way: hikers going uphill or downhill?

See answers to these questions and more here…


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