Trail Courtesy

Whatever it is you enjoy doing on the trails, here are ways you can share these areas with others so that everyone enjoys their experience!

Important Reminders

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Guidelines

Guidelines for All Users

  • Show courtesy to other trail users at all times and be considerate.
  • Stay to the right except when passing. Always pass on the left.
  • Before passing another trail user, make your approach known well in advance.
  • If you are taking a break, do so off to the side of the trail so others can pass you.
  • Downhill traffic should yield to uphill traffic.
  • Be alert and continually watch for other types of recreationists. Listening to headphones can make it difficult to hear and communicate with others.
  • Keep noise levels down – avoid portable speakers and excessive noise levels to respect others who are looking to enjoy wildlife sightings and the quiet solitude of nature.
  • Obey all traffic signals and signs. Use extra caution where trails cross streets.
  • Keep pets leashed and under control. Park Commission rules require dogs to be leashed at all times. Not everyone is comfortable around dogs; even a friendly dog might be seen as a threat by some users.
  • Keep children close. The trails can be busy and unpredictable behavior can result in accidents.
  • Avoid using trails when they are extremely wet and soggy. Feet, wheels and hooves can have drastic effects on wet trails leading to erosion and other problems which are difficult to reverse.

Guidelines for Bicyclists

  • Bicyclists must yield to both pedestrians and equestrians. Pull to the side far enough for horses and pedestrians to safely pass when you see them.
  • Always pass on the left and give an audible warning when passing.
  • Ride at a safe speed.
  • Slow down and form a single file in congested or hazardous conditions, or when sight lines are poor.
  • Bicycles should always be walked across roads.

Guidelines for Pedestrians

  • Always stay to the right and allow others to pass on your left. If hiking in a group, do not walk in a way that other users cannot easily pass on the left.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and other recreationists.
  • Runners and hikers must yield to equestrians. Stop, move to the side and allow for the horse to pass or wait for the horse rider to indicate it is ok to continue.

Guidelines for Equestrians

  • Ensure your horse can be controlled when it encounters other trail enthusiasts who are allowed on the trail.
  • Leave space for others to pass you and be considerate when passing others.
  • If in a group, pass in a steady, single-file line and be sure to announce yourself first.
  • Remove your horse from the trail if you begin experiencing behavior problems.
  • Stay on Equestrian approved trails.
  • Less experienced horses and riders should ride behind more “trail-wise” horses and riders.
  • Step off the trail (if possible) if your horse needs to relieve itself, or kick the droppings off the trail.