Hike quietly. Speak in low voices and turn your cell phone down if not off. Enjoy the sounds of nature and let others do the same.
If taking a break, move off the trail a little ways to allow others to pass by unobstructed.
Don’t toss your trash — not even biodegradable items such as banana peels. It is not good for animals to eat non-native plants/foods and who wants to look at your old banana peel while it ever-so-slowly decomposes? If you packed it in, pack it out.
Hikers going downhill yield to those hiking uphill.
Leave what you find. The only souvenirs a hiker should come home with are photographs and happy memories — and maybe an improved fitness level!
When “going” in the outdoors, please do so 200 feet from the trail and any water sources. Follow Leave No Trace principles when doing so.
Walk through the mud or puddle and not around it, unless you can do so without going off-trail. Widening a trail be going around puddles, etc. is bad for trail sustainability.
When hiking in a group, don’t take up the whole width of the trail; allow others to pass.