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Respect Wildlife

Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.

Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.

Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.

Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

Most visitors would rather not hear your radio, tape or CD player - if radio programs or recorded music are part of your trip, please use headphones!

Also, not everyone wants to have telephone calls as part of their backcountry experience - please keep your cell phones call private, and out of earshot of others!

Following the principles of Leave No Trace is the best way to minimize your impact, and as more and more people visit Mount Washington, it is important that all visitors do their best to keep their impact to a minimum. That's the only way we can continue to enjoy the mountain in its present beauty. The slight extra effort in practicing Leave No Trace is more than repaid by the rewards of doing your part to maintain the mountain's wildness. The more that visitors show their respect for the mountain environment by voluntarily adhering to the Leave No Trace principles, the less land managers (such as the U.S. Forest Service) will feel compelled to create new restrictions to lessen visitor impact.

If you are an experienced hiker, remember your extra responsibility to young and to less experienced visitors. Always act so that your behavior is an example to others!

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