Point Isabel Regional Shoreline

Trail Courtesy

Trail Etiquette

  • Check trail signs for allowable user groups (i.e. cyclists, equestrians).
  • Hikers yield to horses; cyclists and skaters yield to hikers and horses.
  • Do not pick wildflowers, enjoy their beauty and leave them for others to enjoy.
  • Stay on designated trails. Do not cut switchbacks or take shortcuts!
  • Keep dogs on leash unless it is specifically posted that they can be off leash.
  • Do not litter--pack it in, pack it out.
  • Cyclists must call out and/or ring bike bells when passing.
  • Leave No Trace Principles

Biking Etiquette

Proper Passing Etiquette

There are many opportunities for mountain biking in the parks, and we're working with bicycle advocacy groups to provide more. The old cliche about never getting a second chance to make a first impression is especially true - on hikers, horseback riders, trail runners and other mountain bikers. The most important action mountain bikers can take is to use proper passing etiquette. Be prepared to:

  1. Slow down
  2. Yield on the trail
  3. Communicate - say hello and thank you
  4. Pass safely

Trail Etiquette for Dog Owners

  1. Respect wildlife and their habitat - you are in their home.
  2. Respect the environment - don't let your dog dig or cause damage.
  3. Clean up after your dog. Leave all trails as clean or cleaner than when you arrived.
  4. Yield the right-of-way to other hikers. Many people are afraid of dogs. Communicate with others and always keep your dog under control.
  5. Yield the right-of-way to equestrians. Move off the trail far enough to allow horses to pass. Keep your dog close to you, quiet and under control.
  6. Always be courteous. Don't give other trail users any reason to complain. Set an example for others by being a conscientious owner with a well-behaved dog out enjoying the trails.

Leave No Trace

» Learn about the Leave No Trace Principles for Outdoor Ethics

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