No matter how out of the way the trail you are hiking happens to be, it is likely you will encounter somebody else. And if you are hiking popular trails just off campsites, you will encounter a lot of people most likely. So it is a good idea that you know and understand the unwritten rules of hiking trails or what people refer to as trail etiquette.
Let’s say you rent a Camper in Dallas from Campers4Rent and are headed to your favorite campsite. If other people on the road were serving on the wrong side, passing dangerously or speeding, it would be a mess and you would probably suffer some level of road rage. But because there are laws and rules set into place, the drive to your campsite is relatively nice. Now, just like the rules of the road, there are rules on the trail and not following them could result in nasty looks from other hikers.
For your sake and the sake of others, read up and follow these rules before you take the family camping and go hiking.
Step Aside Coming Down a Slope
If you are descending a trail and you see hikers coming up, give them a break by stepping aside and letting them pass. Since they are gaining elevation, it is all that much harder to stop, let you pass, and start back uphill again. So it’s polite to give the people who are burning more calories a break. If the people hiking up the trail are tired and need a break, they can go ahead and wave you through.
When you encounter others on the trail, acknowledge their experiences by saying a few words to them. Just ignoring them and looking the other way is just plain rude. You don’t have to stop and engage in a deep and meaningful conversation, but it won’t kill you to say hello and talk about how nice the day is or how the view is stunning.
If you meet others head-on, it is quite acceptable to ask about trail conditions, stream crossings or other things to watch out for.
Look, even if you are on a trail where you get a couple of bars on your cell phone it doesn’t mean you need to be chatting with your friend who is stuck at work or posting to Instagram every five minutes. While it’s quite alright to use your smartphone to take pictures and in case of an emergency, try to keep it hidden away otherwise. Most people who are out on a hike are there to get away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city and the technological devices that hold them hostage all day long. Besides that, we are on a hike to enjoy the calls of nature, not your calls to your boyfriend.
Share the Trail
The commonly used rules of the trail are that bikers need to yield to horses and to hikers, hikers need to yield to horses and horses basically have the right-a-way all of the time. These are the rules because horses can get spooked, so it is best if hikers and bikers stay on the side of the trail in a quiet manner and not make sudden moves. Bikers have to yield to everybody else because they are fast and can stop and go with ease.
When to Move Off the Trail
Whenever you stop to rest, move off the trail so you aren’t in other people’s way. If you need to get off the trail, find a spot that has hard or rocky ground and where you won’t be trampling nice soft field, grass or other vegetation. And if you need to take a bathroom break, do so well off the trail for obvious reasons.
When hiking in a large group, do so single file as to not hog the whole trail. And make sure everyone who is in your group knows the rules of the trail and knows what to do when encountering horseback riders or mountain bikers.
By following these rules, your hike will be more enjoyable. Check out the campers available at Campers4Rent today.