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Hike Responsibly

Hiking with the Canyoneers

Getting outdoors and into nature offers many benefits, but it’s important to remember to do so safely and responsibly. Please follow these common rules of trail etiquette and safety.


Dogs are not allowed on the Canyoneer hikes as they interfere with observing wildlife.

Do not litter or smoke on the trail.

Collect no archaeological or living specimens. This includes arrowheads, potsherd and chipping flakes, plant material, living creatures, and rocks). If you pick anything up, replace it exactly as you found it.

Keep away from occupied bird nests. Your presence may effectively evict the occupant.

Try to stay on the trail when possible. We want to leave everything as pristine as possible for others to cherish, enjoy, and protect.

Take care of your personal needs off trails and away from water sources. Bring all toilet paper out with you. Carry a small zip-lock bag for this purpose.

Pack out all trash with you, including apple cores, fruit skins, and nutshells. Coyotes dig up everything so burying does not work.

Please notify your Canyoneer guide if you decide to leave the group before a hike ends.

Be prepared

Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Hiking boots are recommended.

Bring adequate water (2 liters for a 5-mile hike; 3 liters for more than 5 miles) and food; even the short or easy hikes can demand liquid and energy resources.

Bring rain gear if rain is a possibility. You may also wish to bring a jacket, binoculars, and field guides.

Know your limitations. Be aware of the distance, elevation, and predicted weather for your hike. If you tire because the trail is strenuous, let your Canyoneer guide know immediately. There is no shame in not completing the entire hike. If you would like to accompany a more leisurely group, alert the Canyoneer host when you arrive.

Learn more about hiking safely in California State Parks.

Hiking etiquette during the COVID-19 pandemic

Getting outdoors and into nature during the pandemic offers many benefits, but it’s important to remember to do so safely and responsibly.

  • Check the park or reserve website before you go to ensure the trail is open to the public, and to learn about what guidelines they may have in place.
  • If the parking lot, the trailhead or the trail are crowded, consider changing your venue (before heading out, check for an alternative trail nearby) or return another time
  • Hike with your own household and do not congregate in groups.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more when passing someone from outside your own household, and wear a mask when it is not possible to maintain that distance.

Learn more about hiking responsibly from California State Parks.