How to Be a Responsible Hiker?

How to Be a Responsible Hiker

Hikers can cause problems in some hiking areas. Overused trails often erode. The soil on these trails wears away. Hikers sometimes trample plants and harm them. Some hiking areas are becoming polluted. But a responsible hiker know how to take care of the environment. They prevent and correct problems that their actions can cause.

A responsible hiker must respect the environment. He must know that the place he is traveling is for everyone. So, keep them better for others too.


5 Ways to Be a Responsible Hiker

To keep the environment intact, you need to follow some guidelines. It will keep the environment in better shape and fresh for others who will like to travel in the place you are now hiking. So, understand these basic needs and try to follow our tips.

1. Trails: Stay on Your Course

Responsible hikers stay on the trail as much as possible. They walk single file to keep the trail at its original width. They do not wander off either side to avoid mud or rocks on the path.

Hikers who leave the trail can destroy plants growing near the trail. They also can make the trail wider or create another trail next to the original one.

More people may begin to use the new trail and damage more land.

Trails Stay on Your Course


Hikers may need to step off the trail in certain situations. For example, they may need to allow people on horseback to pass.

Hikers take breaks a distance from the trail. Other hikers then can continue to use the trail. For breaks, hikers should choose areas where they will cause the least amount of damage. They may choose rocky areas or places without plants for breaks.

Hikers often meet other hikers on the trail. Responsible hikers move off to one side of the trail when this happens. They stop walking to let others pass.

2. Don’t Ruin the Flowers and Plants

While hiking some people tend to touch everything they see. In a normal sense, this is not a problem. But imagine if you break down weak trees, leaf or flower while touching them, you are endangering their normal chain of life.

Too much interest on the flowers sometimes can harm the hiking environment. Some people try to pick up the flowers they pass, they might smell them or find a bit of honey, keeping everything ruins.

I agree I may have done this quite a bit, but I have learned. It’s time that everyone should keep the environment safe.

3. Respecting the Environment

Hikers should care for the environment. They should take any trash they create with them. They can dispose of the trash after their hike. Hikers should use resealable packages for food. They should carry water and other beverages in plastic bottles. These bottles often can be sealed and reused.

Responsible hikers care for the environment in other ways. They pick up and carry out the trash they see along trails. They avoid picking flowers and taking other items found in nature home with them. Members of hiking organizations may add soil to eroded trails to maintain them.

4. Respecting Wildlife

Animals live in many hiking areas. They usually live away from busy trails. But hikers may see some wildlife on their hikes. Hikers should respect animals’ need for food, water, and shelter. Responsible hikers observe animals from behind cover and at a distance. They do not approach animals. This behavior may threaten the animals or scare them away.

Respecting Wildlife

Many animals have young during spring. Hikers should be especially respectful during this season. Animals may be more aggressive in spring to protect their young.

Responsible hikers do not scatter food or feed animals. Animals may become used to finding food on trails. These animals may lose their natural fear of people. Some of these animals may become aggressive. For example, bears that people feed may try to force food away from people.

5. Be Careful with Your Waste and Fire

You are packing foods in different containers. You will probably have a lunch break and have some bit of dry foods and juice. What you might do is throw away the dry food package and container in the ground, leaving it dirty. These kinds of activities are harmful to the environment in different ways. Keep the container with you and put them in the safe dirt box.

Also, don’t leave the fire after using it. You may love tea or coffees in the afternoon break, you might also enjoy this time by making it your own. Remember to keep off the fire after uses. And open fires are the most dangerous things for the wild.

About the Author Justin Alexandre

Hello there! I am Justine. I love traveling to different places, mountains, and rivers. Here are some of the tips about my all in one guide.

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