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From Oregon Hikers Field Guide


General Naming Guidelines

Capitalize everything except connecting words like "and", "of" and "to" for hikes, destinations and trailheads.

Try not to use abbreviations in article names. Spell out the word mountain in article names. You can use abbreviations within the text of an article.

Naming Destinations

Destinations do not need to end with the word destination- they should simply be the name of the destination.

Naming Hikes

Hike articles need to end with the word 'Hike'.

  • When referring to the main route to a location, simply use the destination name followed by the word 'hike'. Example:
    • Larch Mountain Hike
    • Paradise Park Hike
    • Elk Cove Hike.
  • When there is not a clear 'main route', or when referring to an alternate route to a location, use the name of the destination first, then the common name for the route:
    • Tanner Butte via Herman Creek Hike
    • Silver Star via Grouse-Vista Hike
  • It is not necessary to describe the specifics of the route in the name, just enough to distinguish it from other routes.
    • NO: East Zig Zag Mountain starting at the Burnt Lake Trailhead Hike"
    • YES: East Zig Zig via Burnt Lake Hike
  • You can leave out words like "Mount", "Lake", "River", (etc...) only in cases when the omitted word is obvious and non-ambiguous and you are not referring to the main route to a destination:
    • NO: Chinidere Hike
    • YES: Chinidere Mountain Hike
    • OK: Chinidere Mountain via Eagle Creek Trail Hike
    • BETTER: Chinidere via Eagle Creek Hike
    • NO: Table via Salmon Creek Hike (Table is ambiguous)
    • YES: Table Rock via Salmon Creek Hike
  • For Car Shuttles spanning multiple peaks use the word Traverse. Use a dash to separate destinations, in the order that the hike describes
  • Elk Mountain-Kings Mountain Traverse Hike
  • Use terms that people will likely be looking for in search engines:
    • NO: Horsetail Falls to Yeon State Park Trailhead Hike
    • YES: Oneonta-Nesmith Point Traverse Hike
  • We don't need every possible permutation of hike options through an area. Once a destination page lists more than 3 or 4 hikes, consider whether or not the area has enough coverage with existing hikes. Allow users to build their own hike route using pieces of information from other hikes:
    • NO: Larch Mountain via Angel's Rest Trailhead Hike (let the route be covered by other hikes in the area)
    • YES: Larch Mountain via Oneonta Hike (covers one stretch of trail that is not covered otherwise)

Naming Trailheads

The trailhead article needs to end with the word Trailhead. Trailhead should be one word.

If the trailhead has an official name, you should use that first. Example: Snowgrass Flats Trailhead

If it is based at a specific location, use (Name of location) Trailhead. Examples: Lost Lake Trailhead, Falls Creek Horse Camp Trailhead

Many trailheads are named after a major final destination of a hike. Example: Bagby Hot Springs Trailhead

Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

Hiking is a potentially risky activity, and the entire risk for users of this field guide is assumed by the user, and in no event shall Trailkeepers of Oregon be liable for any injury or damages suffered as a result of relying on content in this field guide. All content posted on the field guide becomes the property of Trailkeepers of Oregon, and may not be used without permission.