Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Most locals know this, and the tourists who are crowding trails in Colorado this time of year probably won't read this, but it's worth a reminder: Never, ever throw rocks from a trail when you're hiking, and if you are in a particularly rocky area, watch hikers above and below you. If you do dislodge a rock, shout a warning. We were reminded of this issue after a recent accident at Zapata Falls near Great Sand Dunes, in which a hiker was killed by a rock that was dislodged above her. I recently saw hikers kick rocks off the side of a steep trail and watched a group of teen-agers at Rocky Mountain National Park stage a rock-throwing contest off a canyon wall.