Backcountry hiking is for those who prefer a challenge. Is that you? You like to essentially be more alone in the wilderness. Have a chance to be self-reliant. Maybe you like to test your survival skills...
Taking a backcountry trail doesn't necessarily mean you won't meet up with other hikers. It just happens less often. In fact usually when you do pass someone on the trail - it's a happy occasion. It becomes a chance to exchange greetings and have some people interaction for just the right amount of time. In fact greeting fellow hikers with "hello" or "nice day" or "good morning" etc. is part of Hiking Courtesy.
There's a trade-off of trail information, any exciting or weird experiences, any helpful tips... And then everyone is off on their own way, at their own pace. Although sometimes people do decide to pair up - even if it's for a little while.
When you decide to go backcountry hiking, you have to get to work on advance planning. Often permits are needed, and reservations to access the area may even be required. Many areas are environmentally sensitive, so National Parks and Natural Preserves have entry rules to prevent over-usage.
Yellowstone is a popular area for backcountry hiking, boat/canoe trips, and horse-back riding or pack-animal trips. If you're interested in Yellowstone, they provide an excellent planning and advisement guide. Get it by clicking here>
Next think about the weather circumstances you might face. If you'll be on the trail in the winter time, or in high elevations where it will be cold - think about this tip. It comes from Canyoneer Tom Jones of CanyoneeringUSA.com - he suggests the Niacin treatment:
This is not medical advice or scientifically proven, but he says it works for him. He says others tell him it works for them also. Niacin is water soluble, so it won't build up in fat tissues; excess will be eliminated in urine.
On the trail, courtesy is just as important as it is at home. There are certain general rules to remember: