Last week my wife joined me on a couple of hikes and she pointed out to me that many hikers either did not say anything when passing us, or when we said "Hi!" some of them replied back while others said nothing. I have never paid much attention to this but my wife is used to Polish hiking custom where hikers normally greet other hikers on the trail as a norm, with perhaps most busy trails being the exception to this rule. That made me wonder if there is any custom like this in NE, or perhaps we have totally wrong expectations when interacting with hikers that we don't know?

To be fair we also met some hikers who actually were quite happy to go beyond simple greeting and we had a nice chat with them.