Top Tips: Hiking Trail Etiquette
Basic Hiking Etiquette:
- Wait for your buddies at all intersections. Make sure you can see your “sweep.”
- Yield to uphill hikers.
- Large groups yield to smaller groups.
- To let someone pass, step on the uphill edge (you would not want to be nudged off a cliff or hillside). The exception to this is when yielding to horses.
- Yield to runners when it’s safe. Note to runners: Hikers will yield when they CAN. Also, please tuck your elbows when you pass hikers on the trail.
- When stepping off the trail to allow someone to pass, make sure it’s in a safe place (without poison oak or ivy).
- When you reach the top of a hill, step away from the precipice. This is for your safety and for the comfort and safety of the hikers behind you.
- If you’re using poles, no stabbing! There are hikers who do not like hiking with pole users because of bad etiquette. Know where your pole tips are in relation to your buddies.
- Call obstacles in the trail – like low branch and poison oak in the trail.
- Be aware of dead trees near the trail. Linger elsewhere.
What’s your top tip for the trail?