Happy Trails

by • May 1, 2014 • FeatureComments (0)205

Everyone wants to enjoy the great trails we have in Alaska, but perhaps not in the same manner.

Mountain bikers are looking for a different
experience than hikers, and hikers are probably
not thinking the same as those on horseback.
No worries. We can all get along. He are a few
rules of the road when enjoying trails in Alaska:
•RESPECT TRAIL USAGE SIGNS•
If a trail says no bikes, don’t pedal past it. Same goes
for horses. Limit trail use to the times of year in which
horses traffic is allowed.
•ON MULTIUSE TRAILS, YIELD APPROPRIATELY•
Bikes yield to horses and hikers. Hikers yield to those
on horseback. Slower traffic has the right of way.
•USE YOUR VOICE•
or even a bell to announce you are passing. Do not
tear around blind corners on bikes.
•KEEP DOGS ON A LEASH WHERE INSTRUCTED•
and always clean up after your canine companions.
That includes packing their waste out.
•PACK IT IN, AND PACK IT OUT•
Nothing gets left behind in the backcountry.
•DO NOT USE SHORTCUTS ON SWITCHBACKS•
These over-trodden areas can lead to trail erosion and
other damage to vegetation. In pristine backcountry,
spread traffic to avoid creating trails. On established
trails, stay on trails as much as possible.
•HIKERS GOING UPHILL GET THE RIGHT OF WAY•
They are working hard enough without having to stop
for those heading down.
•HIKE QUIETLY•
Nothing is more annoying than coming up on someone
blasting music when you’re enjoying nature. That said,
make noise in bear country when needed.
HAPPY TRAILS
— Melissa DeVaughn

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