Trail Etiquette

1. Uphill hikers have the right of way

They may want to stop and take a breather, but they have the right of way on the trail so those going downhill should stop and let the uphill hikers go by

2. Horses have the right of way

This goes for any other pack stock you may run into on the trail, move aside and let them pass

3. Step aside for bikers

This is technically against proper etiquette where the bikers are supposed to come to a full stop for hikers & horses, but generally they’re going too fast and it’s easier for the hiker to move over. (Also, bikers please have a bell or alert hikers when you’re coming up behind us)

4. Move over for faster hikers

Hear someone coming up behind you? Move off the trail and let them pass. If you’re stuck behind a group that won’t move, just politely ask if you can sneak past them.

5. Leave No Trace

Anything and everything that you bring with you goes back out, including fruit peels and yes, even toilet paper.

6. No loud music or phone calls

This should be obvious, but let others enjoy their time in nature; headphones are totally ok!

7. Stay on the trail

Going off the trail can damage the vegetation so as tempting as the shortcut may look, stay on the path.

8. Don’t disturb/feed wildlife

Yes, this includes the cute little chipmunks that will beg for your lunch at the summit. Keep your distance from wildlife in general for their safety and for yours.

Beginner Hiking Resources:

Kylie Bearse

Kylie Bearse

When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Kylie Bearse

Kylie Bearse

When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Join Kylie On YouTube!

Click HERE to get subscribed and join our YouTube community!

Kylie Bearse

Kylie Bearse

When I’m not exploring the trails, I’m a Meteorologist! You can see me every weekday morning on Fox31 KDVR from 4:30-10am! Have a weather question? Don’t hesitate to ask!

More From Kylie

Weekend in Snowmass, Colorado

Weekend in Snowmass, Colorado

Snowmass is one of my favorite spots in Colorado and every time I go I fall more in love. On the slopes I had one of my best ski days ever (long, spacious runs without the crowds but incredible powder.)  To visit in the summer was an absolute delight. It has all...

Dog-Friendly Hikes in Moab

Dog-Friendly Hikes in Moab

The best dog-friendly hikes near Moab, UtahDog-friendly trails can be tricky to navigate in Moab with the National Parks, but there are plenty of trails to explore with your pup. Looking for more dog-friendly Moab? Check out my full weekend round-up of where to...

Dog-Friendly Moab Weekend

Dog-Friendly Moab Weekend

Moab is one of my favorite road trips from Denver - the drive is only 5 hours and the hiking, biking & off-roading trails are seemingly endless. However, with the National Parks it can be a little tough to find a way to find hikes that are dog friendly but it's...

Missouri Road Trip

Missouri Road Trip

I’ve always been a big city girl, but lately there’s something about small towns that have been absolutely stealing my heart - so a road trip bopping from one cute town to another cute town made for the perfect getaway. Not only were these places beautiful with...

Gear Review: 2024 Nemo Launch

Gear Review: 2024 Nemo Launch

I bought the NEMO Stargazer back when everyone was spending money on tie-dye sweat suits during 2019, before I even had one solo camping trip under my belt, much less a tent, a bag or any other camping essentials. What I did know was that whoever said that ‘money...

Keep In Touch!

To keep up with the latest hikes & posts sign up for the Approachable Outdoors newsletter!

You have Successfully Subscribed!