Leave No Trace
Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
are seven key principles.
- Plan Ahead and
- Travel and Camp
On Durable Surfaces
- Pack out what you pack in, and dispose of waste
- Leave What You
- Minimize Campfire
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate
of Other Visitors
Trails and Campsites
Hike on designated trails,
put up your tent on the tent pads provided and use a backpacking stove for
cooking rather than an open fire. Pay particular attention to what you do in and around your campsite.
care must be taken in alpine and sub-alpine areas. These are among
the most fragile ecosystems because of the severe conditions and the short
growing season. What may seem like a harmless activity can cause long-term
A tent, left in the same spot in an alpine
meadow for a number of days will leave
a mark on the meadow for everyone to see and could take the plants years
to recover. Even a stroll through a flower-filled meadow will
cause damage to the plants and soil, which will take weeks or months to recover.
such as digging trenches around tents or lopping off tree boughs for a mattress
are no longer acceptable.
Cooking and Cleaning
- Use gas stoves for cooking rather than an open fire.
- Wash your hands before preparing food.
- Any washing activities should take place at least 200 feet from natural water sources. Soap should be phosphate free and biodegradable. Lakes and streams
may be a source of drinking water. Help protect the delicate balance of the
- Minimize tooth brushing impact by using salt or baking soda instead of toothpaste.
If there is no outhouse provided, burying your waste in a shallow hole is the best disposal method. The hole should be located at least 200 feet from any water sources, campsites, and trails.
Avoid urinating on plants because animals are attracted to the salty liquid.
If You Pack it in Pack it out
Pack out all toilet paper, tampons and disposable diapers or use a natural wiping alternative such as snow, leaves, or river stones.
Biodegradable scraps such as apple
cores and orange peels, which probably won't decompose before the next
hiker comes along. Take along a garbage bag and carry out all trash
that you generate. Do not bury anything except human waste. The
ground will be disturbed by digging and animals will dig up and scatter
your buried garbage.