...when visiting RMC trails and facilities

The RMC encourages all its visitors to follow the seven commonly-accepted "Leave No Trace" principles. Each Leave No Trace principle is grounded in scientific research, which provides the basis for guidelines that minimize hiker impacts in the backcountry. These principles include:

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the White Mountain National Forest, Randolph Town Forest and private land regulations and special concerns.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies, especially if venturing above tree line.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Protect fragile alpine tundra by staying on the trail above tree line.
  • Camp on durable surfaces such as rock, gravel, or at least two feet of snow.
  • Camping is not allowed in Forest Protection Areas, including within 1/4 mile of designated overnight areas, or within 200 feet of the Valley Way between Scar Trail and AMC Madison Hut.
  • Protect sensitive riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
  • Camp at least 200 feet away from trails.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite or RMC shelter for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Use the RMC's toilets when you have the chance. If one is not nearby, deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash dishes, use sinks or washpits at RMC camps. If camping, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes, use small amounts of biodegradable soap and scatter strained dishwater.

Leave What You Find

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not remove, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. On public lands, removing artifacts is also against the law.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Campfires are not allowed within Forest Protection Areas.
  • Fires must not be built on private land without the consent of the owner. A fire permit is required in all of New Hampshire. In Randolph, fire permits are available by calling 466-2332 or by visiting Lowe's Store on U.S. Route 2.

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Dogs should be under voice or physical control at all times. Bring a leash and clean up after your dog.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
  • If you must use your cell phone, use it outside and away from RMC facilities.
  • Avoid large hiking parties. Smaller groups have been shown to have fewer impacts on the mountain environment, and on the experience of other visitors.