Leave No Trace
I try to get out weekly for a mountain run, hike or climb. I didn’t have a ton of time as I needed to get some house work done since it’s spring. I went out to my local haunt for a run with a little elevation and to allow the puppy to stretch his legs before he gets miserable with the heat.
As usual, it was a Monday so the parking lot was empty. We’ve had an unusual amount of heavy rain and high winds lately, even forcing some seasonal roads to “re-close” due to a late season snowfall. As I started up the trail I noticed water running down the trail, where it usually doesn’t. I figured it was going to be a wet, muddy run but, as I saw this amount of water in a usually dry place, I realized it was going to be wetter than I anticipated.
About a mile or so in, the elevation begins to start and so did the water. I realized that this was going to be a slower than normal pace as I was avoiding the flowing and standing water. I also spent a fair amount of time clearing debris from the trail. I got to thinking about the amount of people that traveled these trails over the weekend, as it was Mother’s Day weekend in a touristy spot. From the footprints in the mud and on the side of the trails, the trails were well traveled enough but there was no way all that debris came down overnight.
It occurred to me that a good amount of people didn’t bother to help clear the trail. This causes people to divert from the trail, trample the flora and cause trails to close on occasion. We need to be our own advocates and perform a little trail maintenance sometimes. Don’t leave it up to someone else. Clean up after yourself and leave no trace.
For more info on the “Leave No Trace” initiative, please visit lnt.org.