Happy Earth Day!
Over the last week, I noticed most of my favorite 4×4 trails were still snow covered or muddy, so I decided to go on some hikes instead. As I was out on the trail, I shared it with several horseback riders.
As I passed each rider, I stepped off the trail and said hello. It can be an unnerving experience coming up on a group of large animals. I made sure to give them plenty of space, but allowed for them to see and hear me. I’ve surprised a horse before on accident and it’s not a fun situation for either party.
As I made my way up the trail I started to run into many switchbacks, and I couldn’t help but notice the erosion that was going on and it reinforced the need to stay on trail especially on the steep terrain. I made it a point to not cut straight up the hill as that could contribute the erosion that I already saw going on. I’m not usually a big hiker, but on days when I can’t get out in my 4×4 responsibly, it’s nice to be able to hit the trails in another way.
No matter how you are able to hit the trails, always remember to:
Respect the Rights of Others
Avoid Sensitive Areas
Do your part
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