Here are some more tips on how to ensure a safe, enjoyable trail experience for yourself and others:

Basic Trail Etiquette

  • Trail safety is the responsibility of all users 
  • Know and obey posted trail rules
  • Heed all hazard signs – they are there to keep us safe
  • Stay to the right of the trail
  • Be aware of other trail users
  • Travel at a reasonable speed at all times
  • Give a clear warning signal when passing
  • Slow down at corners
  • Stay on the trail
  • Do not litter
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Use provided toilet facilities. If you are unable to find a facility, dig a hole 6 inches deep at least 200 feet from any open water
  • Respect wildlife – do not disturb plants or animals

People on Bikes

  • Obey speed limits
  • Use your bell or your voice to let people know you are approaching
  • Always yield the trail to hikers, walkers, and less mobile trail users
  • Slow down when approaching corners or blind spots
  • Know your ability and your equipment as well as the area
  • Do not ride under conditions where you might damage the trail

People on ATVs or Motorcycles

  • Obey speed limits
  • Announce your presence (i.e. honk) when approaching a trail user from behind
  • When attempting to pass someone, follow at a safe distance until you reach a safe place to pass, then pass slowly
  • Minimize noise through proper care and operation of your off-highway vehicle
  • Stay on the trail
  • Do not ride on areas that are wet, have loose soil, steep slopes, meadows or swamps
  • When camping, ride directly to and from your campsite or turn off your vehicle and push it
  • Avoid late night riding near populated areas
  • Obey trail curfew regulations (usually 11 pm to 5 am)
  • Stay off groomed snowmobile trails during the winter months

People on Snowmobiles

  • Obey speed limits
  • Stay on the trail
  • Do not ride on tracks made for skiers
  • Avoid late night riding near populated areas or lodges
  • Yield to cross country skiers who are going downhill

People on Horseback

  • Obey speed limits
  • Practice minimum impact techniques
  • Always clean up after your horse
  • Keep horses in campsites only long enough to un-pack or pack them
  • Never tie your horse within 200 feet of a lake, stream or spring

People on Cross Country Skis

  • Ski on the right side of the trail
  • Yield to snowmobiles when you are going uphill
  • Yield to anyone coming downhill or anyone faster
  • To step out of the track, lift your skis so the track won’t be disturbed
  • When breaking trail, keep skis wider than normal

 

X