All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
Sharing information is a tradition among hikers, whether it's favorite trails, how-tos or views. We encourage you to share the Hiker's Responsibility Code with
- family and friends you hike with.
- those who lead school, church, camp, scout or outing club hikes.
- day hikers and backpackers you meet on the trail.
- those involved in search and rescue.
We want to share the Code with hikers everywhere
The goal of those who developed hikeSafe and the Hiker's Responsibility Code has long been to turn hikeSafe into a nationwide campaign for hiker safety and awareness.
For information on how your organization or agency can become a cooperator or sponsor of hikeSafe, see the About hikeSafe page
of this website.
The Hiker's Responsibility Code
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:
- With knowledge and gear. Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
- To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
- To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
- To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
- For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
- To share the hiker code with others.