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It is important all hikers know and abide by these 5 rules of trail etiquette:
Hikers are known for being some of the friendliest people out there. Let's represent the hiking community in the best way possible by being friendly on the trails. Give a smile and say hello to other hikers passing by. Everyone will have a more enjoyable time when we are all neighborly.
Know the rules for sharing the trail with other hikers:
Most people are hiking because they want to enjoy the nature surrounding them. They want a little break from all the noise. Do yourself and those around you a favor and keep your cell phone turned down, or better yet, turn it off. Trust me, you will enjoy your hike so much more when you can enjoy the sounds of nature rather than the notifications on your phone. Those around you will thank you, too.
If you like to listen to music while hiking, use an earbud!
Practice good stewardship by following the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. For example, remember that what you pack in, you must pack out. This includes banana peels and pet waste.
Respect the wilderness and let it be. Leave trail marking cairns alone and do not build cairns for fun. Learn the role that cairns play on the trail. Do not take any souvenirs home. Protect natural resources by staying off of muddy trails to prevent further damage, and avoid hiking where there is not already a trail.
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