|Outdoor trails are not your trashcans|
I wish I could stand at the top of every mountain and shout
that tagging rocks along trails is not okay and have every person in the world stop. It’s discouraging to hike a trail and find graffiti and trash. I try to pick up along the way but sometimes I don’t dare pick up some of the trash I find without gloves. I do make sure I always pick up after myself.
For this earth day, I thought I would give a shout out to how we can all protect our trails.
Things we can do:
Organize a clean up day – Work together with a local outdoors store to organize a trail clean up, not just trash but rock washing graffiti as well. Outdoor stores love these kinds of projects. Local hiking, climbing and mountain biking groups love them too.
Pack it in and pack it out – Always pack out what you bring with you. Make sure you zip wrappers inside of your pack and look around after resting.
|NO! Just NO!|
Report bad behavior – If you see somebody defacing a trail, take down a description, take a photo and write down a license plates of other cars at the trailhead. Report to the local forest service office.
Carry an extra bag – A plastic grocery bag is perfect for picking up trash along the way.