Grand County is home to nearly 1,000 miles of trails and most of them are shared by different types and levels of outdoor enthusiasts. Even on a casual walk, you can expect to encounter others hiking or riding through on the trail. Do you know what the proper etiquette is to follow when you come across another hiker or rider?
Here is a simple list of the basics that will allow you and others to enjoy the trails:
- Bicyclists always yield to other trail users.
- Hikers yield to equestrian traffic.
- When yielding to equestrian traffic, stand off the trail on the downhill side. A spooked horse will usually run uphill, and you don’t want to be in the way!
- Always yield to uphill travelers.
- Treat others the same way you want to be treated – with respect.
- Be aware of your surroundings and anticipate obstacles and blind corners.
- Hike or ride on open trails, stay off closed trails and private property and don’t cut switchbacks.
- On two-way trails, keep right, pass on the left and be sure to announce your presence when passing.
- If you are hiking in a group, hike single-file and stay on the trail to lessen impact.
- Leave no trace. Pack out whatever you pack in and endeavor to leave the trail in better shape than you found it.
Our trail systems are maintained primarily by volunteers who work hard so that everyone can enjoy the trails. To learn more, visit headwaterstrails.org.