How to Share the Trail

It Starts with kindness & Empathy.

To have the best experience, everyone needs to get along.

Be Kind.​​

It’s that simple!​​

Pick Up After Fido.

Be prepared to pick up after your pup, and avoid leaving bags on the side of the trail. Six feet or shorter leashes are the norm too.

Act with empathy.

Being empathetic on the trail means understanding that other users have just as much right to be on the trail as you do, even though they use it differently. 

Mind the plants​​.

Protect trailside vegetation – come to a complete stop and step off of the trail to allow other users to pass, rather than just riding/running off of the trail.

Be Aware.

When you go out on the trails, have an awareness of your surroundings.​​

Keep it quiet.

Everyone experiences nature differently, but for many, it’s a peaceful respite from the chaos and noise of life. Feel free to rock on—with headphones.

Know When (& How) to yield​​.

Guideline exceptions can vary – educate yourself on etiquette and safety. See below for more information.

Reduce impact.

Protect where you play! No one wants to see garbage or other signs of human intrusion on nature.

Who Has the right of way?

Whether you’re sharing the trails with mountain bikers, equestrians, or fellow hikers,
there are general guidelines for how to share the trail with others.
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Hikers Vs. Bikers

Since mountain bikes are considered more maneuverable than hikers’ legs, bikers are generally expected to yield to hikers on the trail. However, because those mountain bikes often move considerably faster than said legs, it’s usually easier for hikers to yield the right of way -especially if a mountain biker is huffing and puffing up a tough incline. A biker should never expect a hiker to yield, though.

Because mountain bikers move faster, hikers should also be aware of their surroundings on shared trails. Conscientious mountain bikers will call out as they come down steep slopes or blind switchbacks and should also let you know if other bikers are following them.

Hikers VS Horses

As the largest, slowest-to-maneuver, and (usually) least-predictable creatures on the trail, horses get the right of way from hikers and mountain bikers. If you’re sharing the trail with equestrians, give them as wide a berth as possible and make sure not to make abrupt movements as they pass and talk calmly when approaching to avoid startling the animal.

If you’re on a narrow trail and horses are passing, get off the trail on the downhill side as they trot by. Horses are more likely to run uphill than downhill when spooked, and you definitely don’t want to be in the path of a spooked horse.

Hikers Vs Hikers

It seems that many hikers – even experienced ones – may not know or always remember this, but hikers going uphill have the right of way. This is because, in general, hikers heading up an incline have a smaller field of vision and may also be in that “hiking rhythm” zone and not in the mood to break their pace. Often an uphill hiker may let others come downhill while they take a breather, but remember, that’s the uphill hiker’s call.

If you’re about to pass another hiker from behind, a simple “hello” is often the best way to announce your presence. When passing, always stay on the trail to reduce erosion.

Trail etiquette is even more important when you’re hiking in a group. Always hike single-file, never taking up more than half the trail space, and stay on the trail itself. Over time, those off-trail boot prints can badly erode switchbacks and destroy drainage diversions. When a group meets a single hiker, it’s generally preferable for the single hiker to yield and step safely to the side.

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