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Thousands of miles of dirt trails have been closed to mountain bicyclists. The irresponsible riding habits of a few riders have been a factor. Do your part to maintain trail access by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. IMBA's mission is to promote environmentally sound and socially responsible mountain bicycling.

Off-Road Rules of the Trail curtosy IMBA (International Mounain Bike Association).

Plan Ahead

Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times. Wear a helmet, keep your bike in good condition, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden or offense to others.

Leave No Trace

Be sensitive to the earth beneath you. Even on open trails you should not ride under conditions where you will leave evidence of your passing, such as on certain soils shortly after a rain or thaw. Observe th e different types of soil and trail construction. Practice low impact cycling. Ride don't slide. Stay on the trail and don't create new trails. Don't cut around obstacles; carry over them. Don't ride through streams. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

Always Yield Trail

Make your approach known well in advance. A friendly greeting (or bell) is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing others by slowing to a walk or even stopping. Anticipate that other trail users may be around the corner or in blind spots.

Never Spook Animals

All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This con be dangerous for you, for others, and for the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. In passing, use care and follow the directions of horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wild animals is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them or as marked.

Control Your Bicycle

Inattention for even a second con cause problems. Obey all speed laws.

Ride Open Trails Only

Respect trail and road closures (ask if not sure), avoid all possible trespass on private land, obtain permits and authorization as may be required.

Riding is a privilege -- Ride Responsibly!
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