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Five Hiking Trail Etiquette Tips

Is one of your goals in the upcoming year is to spend more time on the trails? Are you hoping to introduce friends and/or family to hiking in 2018? Trail etiquette is important no matter the time of year, and there's no time like the present to brush up on your etiquette knowledge. Though trails might be less crowded in colder months, it's important to observe a few key rules to maximize the enjoyment of the trail experience for you and others.
Be aware of who has the right of way. During both peak and off-peak hiking season, there's a good chance you'll run into other hikers, especially if you're on a popular trail. If you're on a steep trail, the uphill hiker has the right of way. As an uphill hiker, I'll typically use this as a chance to take a breather! As the downhill hiker, if the uphill hiker stops to let you pass, that's completely fine, just remember that it's the uphill hiker's choice.

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