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 Colorado Springs

Weekend in Colorado Springs

I haven't spent any substantial time in Colorado Springs in years, so I was so delighted to take a weekend and totally relax in this very beautiful part of our state. I hadn't explored Garden of the Gods since college but it's as beauitful as ever. However, my very...

Wine & Wildflower Hike

Wine & Wildflower Hike

This was my first year at the Vail Wine Classic and it was an absolute blast. As expected, the wine was exceptional and getting to meet the people behind the wine made it all the more special. But maybe the best part was the Wine & Wildflower hike! I'm going to...

Weekend Hiking Trip in Vail

Weekend Hiking Trip in Vail

This summer I've been trying to get out of the city and into the mountains just about every weekend. When I was dealing with higher anxiety this spring I took note of what was important & what helps - and no surprise that has me prioritizing time in nature. I...

Denver on a Budget

Denver on a Budget

Denver can be an expensive city to live in and visit, but there are also a ton of ways to enjoy the Mile High City and the mountains on a budget. It can take a little creativity and lots of time outside, but here are my favorite ways to save money & still enjoy...

2022 Moab Road Trip

2022 Moab Road Trip

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. This was my fifth trip to Moab and I was still amazed at the beauty and found new trails to explore. I knew it would...

Discussion Combustion Podcast

Discussion Combustion Podcast

I am so incredibly honored that the lovely men behind Denver's Discussion Combustion Podcast invited me to come and chat! After interviewing people on the news for a decade now, it's always funny to be in the other seat and honestly I was a little nervous about...