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Glossary -- Trail, Use-trail, Route, and Game-trail

Game-trail. Over the millennia, animals (primarily bighorn sheep, but also mule deer, feral horses, feral cows, and feral burros) have been hiking the mountains around Las Vegas. With repeated use, their paths can become visible game trails. Game trails can be faint and hard to follow because they tend to be narrow and start and end unexpectedly, but they can be life-savers in difficult, off-trail terrain. If a game trail ends, look directly uphill or downhill for another.

Game-trails are similar to the use-trails created by the repeated passage of humans, but human use-trails tend to go up and down hillsides, while animal trails tend to go across hillsides.

Game-trail
Game-trails on steep, rocky ridge
Game-trail
Trace of game-trails on steep, rocky ridge
Game-trail
Game trails on talus slopes (Northshore Peak)
Game-trail
Game trails on talus slopes (Northshore Peak): close-up
Game-trail
Game trails on talus slopes (Northshore Peak): zoom
Game-trail
Cow trail on desert flats

Happy hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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