Education

Our Responsibility

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!).