When hiking on trails, it is important to know who has the right of way. Often times there are mountain bikers and off road vehicles that can be seen. If you want to stay safe when hiking the trails, then you need to know how to navigate around these types of hazards. In this blog post, we will go over some tips for staying safe while hiking on a trail with other people using it as well!
Always be aware of your surroundings when hiking. This means being aware of who and what is around you and what they are doing. If you are hiking on a trail that has mountain bikers or off road vehicles, then it is important to know who has the right of way. In general, hikers have the right of way, but here are a few guidelines.
- Look for signage! When you’re out on the trail and see a sign, take it seriously. Know your right of way! Signs may vary from park to park but following these general guidelines will help keep everyone safe.
- Hikers moving uphill have the right of way. If you’re coming down the trail, step to the side and give some space to the folks coming up.
- Cyclists yield to hikers and horses or pack stock. Bikers should yield and step to side, mindful that plants may be near trail if they must cross off-trail terrain. Bicyclists are encouraged to ride within their abilities before visiting any given park; check regulations for biking eligibility in individual areas
- Hikers yield to horses and pack stock. When you come across horses or pack stock step off to the downhill side of a trail. If you are coming from behind, calmly announce your presence and what you plan to do. Horses and other pack stock can frighten easily so you should approach with caution and avoid sudden movements and loud noises.
It is important to always be aware of your surroundings when hiking on a trail. If you are hiking on a trail that has mountain bikers or off road vehicles, then it is important to know who has the right of way. In general, hikers have the right of way, but make sure to check local signage and regulations before you hit the trail!
Another thing to keep in mind is to always stay on the trail! We cannot stress enough that if you are going to step off the trail, make sure it will not damage or kill any plant life. You can also hurt an ecosystem surrounding one of those plants and animals with your actions! Always practice Leave No Trace principles when out there – leave rocks where they are found for others like yourself who may want them later on in their journey as well.
While I’m sure you will leave a big ole grizzly bear alone if you see one out on the trail, it should be noted to not disturb wildlife while hiking. Keep your distance from the animals that are out in nature anywhere. Never leave the trail to get closer to wildlife. Some parks have regulations stating how close you are allowed to come to certain animals like bear and moose.
Lastly, when you are out on the trail try to hike in silence and be respectful. When you hike, let the sounds of nature take over–from birds singing to crisp leaves crunching under your feet, it’s all part this beautiful symphony we call wilderness! Being quiet and not turning on devices not only makes nature more enjoyable for everyone out on the trail, it will help you hear what is around you so you can be prepared and more safe!