Leave No Trace

To help preserve the primitive character of the wilderness, everyone is urged to practice the ‘no trace’ technique of travel and camping. Adhere to the following practices:

  • Remember that others will follow you. Leave the area as you would like to find it later, and better than you found it when you arrived.
  • Pack out all trash. Any container that you packed in full can be packed out empty. Think of the weight savings. Do not bury trash, as animals will just dig it up after you leave.
  • Select a campsite away from the trail and other campers. Try not to impact the site any more than absolutely necessary. Do not cut branches from trees and shrubs, and please avoid any activities that will degrade the site for others. Pick a tent site that is well drained and do not trench the perimeter of the tent.
  • Water sources are not abundant and must be carefully protected from pollution. Camp at least 300 feet away from any water source, especially streams and springs. Carrying lightweight water containers will give you the freedom to do this.
  • Dogs can disturb wildlife and other wilderness users. If you must bring a dog, be sure that there are no restrictions against doing so, and be sure that the dog is under control at all times.
  • If need you a fire, keep it small and away from rock outcrops. Instead of building a fire ring that blackens the rocks and creates a negative aesthetic impact, dig a small pit for your fire. After use, the ashes can be mixed with dirt to neutralize the site. Make sure the fire is dead out.
  • Lightweight stoves are highly encouraged as an alternative to the traditional campfire they have much less impact on the campsite and surroundings.
  • Cigarette butts, orange peels, etc., are all litter. Pack it in, Pack it out!
  • Always stay on the trail. Shortcutting a trail can greatly damage the trail by changing drainage and rapidly increasing erosion. High alpine areas are extremely sensitive to any type of off-trail travel.
  • Do not disturb any prehistoric or other ruin sites. Federal law prohibits any type of disturbance of these sites. If you visit some of these sites, you will see how fragile they really are and will understand the importance of this law.

For more information, visit Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

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