For those of you who are first time hikers there are a few suggestions that will help make your hike a nicer experience.
1.) Disposing of waste. Dig a hole 6 to 8 inches in the ground and 200 feet from any water source, campsite, or trail. Then fill the hole and disguise it. Pack out any wastepaper in a plastic bag and dispose of it properly.
2.) Respect others outdoor experience. Remember that others get out into nature to enjoy the peace and quite. Leave your rock concert voices at rock concerts.
3.) Leave on footprints, take only pictures. Leave objects where you found them. Let others enjoy the beauty of nature as well. If everyone picked the beautiful flowers there would be no more beautiful flowers.
4.) Never feed the animals. I know the squirrels are cute, but remember they can bite. They should not rely on human food to survive. If you feed the squirrels on top of Mt. LeConte, they learn to rely on the food. When it is time for them to leave the mountain and go lower looking for food, they do not leave. Winter comes and there is no food for the squirrels. Remember, let the wild animals be wild and do not feed them.
These are a few suggested trail rules to follow. This will make for a more pleasurable trip for everyone. Now, get out and go hiking. Happy Hiking.