Safety tips: Wildlife and trail etiquette
Right of Way: Uphill hikers have priority. It's tougher to regain momentum uphill than downhill. If descending, step aside. If ascending and needing a break, signal for others to pass. Always keep the trail clear.
Stay on the Trail: Avoid harming the environment or small habitats by staying on designated paths. Off-trail ventures risk injury, getting lost, and causing potential hazards like rockfalls.
Leave No Trace: Preserve nature by not leaving any waste behind, including food scraps. These can disrupt the local ecosystem. Refrain from feeding wildlife.
Music: Respect others' desire for peace and nature's sounds. Loud music can disturb wildlife. If you need tunes, use headphones and stay alert to your surroundings.
Restroom Etiquette: Use facilities before heading out. If nature calls during your hike, find an outhouse or move 60 meters (200 feet) off the trail. Bury waste properly.
Dogs: Ensure your chosen trail is dog-friendly. Familiarize yourself with leash rules. Control your dog, especially in off-leash zones, and be mindful that not everyone is comfortable around dogs.
Tip: Make sure to bring along a first aid kit and any other safety items such as bear bells and spray if needed.