The 7 Principles of Leave My Trace

Leave My Trace Ethics that are still Leave No Trace compatible


LEAVE word with friends/family about where your routes A, B, and possibly C are.  LEAVE word at trail registers & logbooks to aid potential SAR efforts.


LEAVE footprints on designated, durable surfaces and not on social trails to help keep later hikers on the right path.


LEAVE yourself a pre-dug cathole if you’re a camp-time pooper to reduce the risk of a hasty, shallow one dug after the urge hits.


LEAVE what you find (same as LNT).  Consider LEAVING off the location tags on social media for fragile/pristine areas.  In rare instances, such as in the featured photos, using native materials to alert later hikers of an important trail feature (in this case the first notable water carry of the SoBo experience) is debatable acceptable.


LEAVE the lighter fluid at home.  Disperse any fire pit evidence you find in fragile areas


LEAVE wildlife alone!  LEAVE your dog on-leash, your food in an inaccessible container, and pack out any smelly/edible items left by careless hikers.


LEAVE other people alone.  Don’t impede their experience with your presence (e.g. blasting music).

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