Leave No Trace Ethics PDF Print E-mail

Leave no traceKeep to the trail, shortcuts erode soil and damage vegetation. Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy, to avoid widening the tread way or mud puddle. Walk on rocks whenever possible, especially in fragile areas such as shorelines and alpine zones.

Prepare adequately for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Carry plenty of drinking water.

If you pack it in, pack it out! That includes biodegradable material like apple cores. We don't want to attract animals like bears to the trails and we don't want to see a mountain top with hundreds of apple cores and orange peels.

Take only pictures, leave only carefully placed footprints. Flowers and other naturally occurring objects are best enjoyed in their natural states. Removal of these items is illegal on state and federal lands. Let others enjoy nature and cultural artifacts as you originally found them. You should always leave a trail cleaner than you found it.

Bring binoculars and observe wildlife from a distance. Feeding animals damages their health, alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators, do not feed animals.

Respect other trail users and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous and yield to others on the trail. Take breaks away from the trail and other visitors on durable surfaces. Let nature's sounds prevail by avoiding loud voices and noises.

 

TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES, LEAVE NOTHING BUT WELL PLACED FOOTPRINTS
 
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