Finding the trail is only one half of trailcraft. Using it in a sensitive, caring way is the other. Here are some guidelines:
• Walk in single file to protect trail-side vegetation.
• Stay on the trail even if it's muddy, snow-covered, or rutted.
• Help save vegetation and prevent erosion by not cutting switchbacks.
• Select resilient areas instead of fragile vegetation for rest breaks.
• Look and photograph instead of picking or collecting.
• Guard against damage to stream banks.
• Do light trail maintenance and remove litter.
• Leave trailless areas free of cairns and flagging unless they're already there. Let others have the same adventure of routefinding that you experienced. If you need to mark your route, remove the markers on your way down.
• Choose talus instead of fragile meadows for cross-country travel.
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