- Blue Blaze
(1) On the Appalachian Trail a blue blaze means a side trail to a campsite or to a town. White blazes denote the main or "trunk" trail. Many other trails follow the Appalachian Trail example.
(2) The color often used to paint blazes that mark side trails to a campsite or a town off main trails such as the Appalachian Trail.
(3) Blue colored blazes are used to identify alternate trails, side trails to views, water, shelters or campsites.
(4) As a verb, "blaze" means to take trails other than the official trail you are nominally on. These alternate trails might offer a shorter or easier route. Or they might be more scenic.
(1) We passed lots of blue blazes leading off every whichway, but we stayed on the real route. Ed went the other way. We still don't know what happened to him.
(2) Since it was a blue blaze we saw, we knew we were off the main route.
(3) I took the blue blaze route and ended up in a parking lot.
(4) Ed never liked anything official. He always did a blue blaze route when he could find one. He said he liked the color.