Campers Comments


Nov 5, 2009
Camper Comments

These are actual comments left on U. S. Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by backpackers completing wilderness camping trips:
“A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call.”
“Escalators would help on steep uphill sections.”
“Instead of a permit system or regulations, the Forest Service needs to reduce worldwide population growth to limit the number of visitors to wilderness.”
“Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands.”
“Ban walking sticks in wilderness. Hikers that use walking sticks are more likely to chase animals.”
“All the mile markers are missing this year.”
“Found a smoldering cigarette left by a horse.”
“Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.”
“Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests.”
“Please pave the trails so they can be plowed of snow in the winter.”
“Chair lifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them.”
“The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals.”
“Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights.”
“Need more signs to keep area pristine.”
“A McDonald’s would be nice at the trail head.” [:(O]
“The places where trails do not exist are not well marked.”
“Too many rocks in the mountains.”


Super Active Member
Feb 25, 2008
Some of those were meant to be funny by the people who wrote them!
I sounds like comments we would've left back in college....(need a McDonald's.....too many rocks... [:D])


Active Member
Jul 25, 2010
" Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights.”

I actually think this is a good idea , we use them on sled and atv trails here. I know I've often ran a little behind getting to a camping spot more then once and these woulda came in very helpfull

natty bumppo

2009 F-150,1998 Coleman Westlake
Jun 22, 2008
Pilot Moutain,NC
Hiking at night not a good idea. A lot of predators like to hunt at night.Reptiles abound.Even with a flashlight injuries will multiply. Plus I enjoy my surroundings while hiking. I don't want to see reflectors and signs everywhere.


Active Member
Jun 14, 2011
Thank you, I am laughing so hard!
Cigarette left by horse. Darn those smoking horses, don't they know it's bad for their health? [LOL]


Active Member
Sep 15, 2009
Small Town, Middle TN
Natty Bumppo, was that picture taken by one of those motion sensor deer cameras? That is a great but scary looking picture. That deer doesn't even know the cat is right behind him. Note to self: limit night time hikes to bathroom.


I speak fluent vise-grip
Mar 29, 2012
SE Georgia
That picture has long been proven to be fake. It's actually two pictures merged. One of the deer and a different picture of the cat.

But I will second the idea of hiking at night being a bad idea. That is unless you're going to add hand-rails on all the cliffs and steep mountain trails. Oh wait! That's not a bad idea. It would be pretty easy to do for the contractor that's removing all the rock and paving the hiking trails.

And a McDonald's? Sheesh.......

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