Finding Your Hiking Route

There are many ways to find your way in the backcountry. There are trails marked by signs with individual trails named and well-graveled routes that are easy to follow.

Sign, sign, everywhere a trail sign... (Photo: Megan Kopp)

Other trails have occasional markers along the trail that let hikers know they’re on the right path.

A flashy waymarker. (Photo: Megan Kopp)

Alpine areas may have cairns or poles or bright fiberglass markers to show the way in whiteout conditions.

Stone markers. (Photo: Megan Kopp)

Some trails point the way by showing where not to go.

No go ahead! (Photo: Megan Kopp)

But sometimes, the best paths are those where there are no markers at all, where the route is all yours to choose.

Find your own way! (Photo: Megan Kopp)

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your route-finding skills?

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