Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recommends walking 200 feet to reduce the chances of contaminating water sources and trails. Not sure exactly how far 200 feet is? They have a simple trick you can use; 200 feet is approximately 70 big steps! Walk in a mostly straight line away from those water sources and trails to reach your defecation destination.
Learn more about how to measure this distance by watching their video here.
Leave No Trace is a national organization that is based in Boulder Colorado. It’s mission is to protect the outdoors by teaching people to enjoy it responsibly.