Every time you take your bike out on the trails, you represent the mountain biking community as a whole. All responsible riders educate themselves in proper trail use; especially when sharing the trails with hikers, runners, equestrians, and motorized vehicles.
Rules of the Trail
- Ride On Trails Open to Mountain Bikes Only
- Control Your Bicycle at all times
- Always Communicate & Yield When Appropriate
- Leave No Trace
- Plan Ahead – to avoid seasonal closures & muddy conditions
Share the Trail
- When sharing trails, take some time to put yourself in other user’s shoes. Consider how they perceive mountain bikers and what we can do to reduce conflict.
- Be friendly and courteous. Make sure to announce your presence when approaching other users AND thank them when parting ways.
- Warn people when you are planning to pass. Use your voice to warn equestrians, not bells or horns. Bells or horns may frighten horses.
- When a horse approaches, move off the trail and ask the rider for instructions.
- On shared, two-way trails, Downhill traffic should yield to uphill traffic. When in doubt, give the other user the right of way.
- Anticipate other trail users around corners and blind spots.
- Be aware of your surroundings. When listening to music, one earbud is much safer than two earbuds.
Respect the Trail
- Use unpaved trails only when they are dry, not muddy or wet, to avoid leaving ruts.
- Be particularly mindfull of route selection in the spring and fall when snow and runoff is prevalent.
- If you do encounter puddles, stay on the trail to avoid widening it.
- Skidding your tires degrades the trail’s tread. Modulate your speed when entering turns.
- Volunteer for trail maintenance projects (check out Events for upcoming opportunities!).