Trail Etiquette

Alert when passing

Alert Others – Give a friendly heads up when overtaking walkers and slow riders. In most cases, I find a bicycle bell works very well without startling people. However, there will be a few people who will not recognize the bell as an alert and a simple verbal passing on your left should do. Also, a bell is not recommended when passing horses. In those cases, I give a verbal alert.

Stop off the Path – If you need to stop for some reason, move off the path and out of the way of others traveling on the path.

Leave no trace – While most trails have a Trash-Free rule, this is just good etiquette anyplace you go. Trash-Free means what you carry in, you must carry out. I often wonder what type of person rides a trail to enjoy the natural beauty then leaves their trash behind.

Leave no trace.

Ken Whittaker