Do you have good Trail Etiquette?

Did you see the recent article on good Trail Etiquette? Here are a few great reminders as we get into the hiking and biking season!

Spring is a great time of year to get back out on the trails and to review the IMBA “Rules of the Trail” and how we can continue to respect the environment.

  1. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required.

Specifically in the Elk Valley:

·         Please respect the No Dog policy on the Mount Proctor cattle gated area.

·         Watch for updates on our Facebook page for any closures due to logging.

·         Wigwam Flats in Elko, dogs must be on a leash. In addition, bikers are not allowed along the Wigwam River Rim roads and trail from March 1st to June 14th (Bighorn Sheep lambing season). Signage with maps is posted in this area.

  1. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
  2. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
  3. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists travelling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
  4. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
  5. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

Looking forward to another great season on the trails. Thank you to all of our landowners who allow access so we can enjoy our wonderful trails.

Full article: HERE