Hiking Etiquette

Take only photos, leave only footprints

Leave no trace that you or your animal was on the trail. Especially do not leave animal waste on the ground and in bags at the trailhead. It is both unsightly and unsanitary.

Leash your pet

Failure to do so is a Class II petty offense.

Be considerate of other visitors

Here are several links to basic etiquette on the trails.




Respect wildlife

  • Observe from a distance and never approach or follow wildlife.
  • Do not feed animals – it damages their health, alters their natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

Camping and Campfires

There is no overnight camping allowed at Maxwell Falls. Violators will be ticketed and their vehicles may be towed.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, which operates the trails, “Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.”