If I take a trail its in a safe area or I just expect to ambushed. Sometimes the trail can be the quickest and quietest way to move quickly. You just have to decide which risks you are willing to take. I typically don't hesitate to go trailblazing to sneak around and flank someone. Hesitation, would be impassable brier patch(really thick) or getting my feet wet and not having a change of shoes and socks to swap with for the rest of the day.