Respect Other Hikers

Whether it’s thru hikers, section hikers, weekenders or day hikers,we’re all out there to enjoy the natural world. A little common courtesy goes a long way. If you’re not sure who has the right of way, be the first to yield.

Keep noise to a minimum, not everybody wants to hear your music. When camping with others at established sites, try to camp away from others whenever possible to give them some personal space.

Be helpful if asked, but don’t offer unsolicited advice to hikers who haven’t asked for it. Protect your food from critterrs. If you smoke, whether it’s tobacco or cannabis, do it well away from others.

Be discreet as well with alcohol, particularly if families with children are camped nearby. Respect hiker midnight, hikers generally go to sleep early to get an early start the next day. Keep noise and talk to a minimum after dark.

Really, it just comes down to practicing the Golden Rule, to treat others the way you would like to be treated. Let your interactions with other hikers be a good example.

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