NEVER GO ALONE

Never hike or ride into mountainous or remote areas alone, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the trail. Always tell a family member or friend where you are going, and provide an expected time of return. Always give yourself plenty of time to complete a trail. Don’t be too proud to turn back if time or daylight are running out. Always take a cell phone, yet be aware that remote portions of eastern Tooele County may not have cell service. In the event of an emergency, call 911.

TRAIL ETIQUETTE

Most of the trails featured in this publication are multiple-use, which means users may encounter hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers or ATV

riders at any time. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, please follow these trail etiquette guidelines that have been developed and used by other trail organizations across the U.S. for years.

1. Because horses can be easily frightened, hikers, mountain bikers and ATV riders must yield to horseback riders at all times. To properly yield for horseback riders on a narrow trail, stop and move downhill off the trail. A horse in panic will typically run uphill.

2. ATV riders are required to yield to all uphill traffic—not just for horses. ATV riders that meet hikers and mountain bikers coming from the opposite direction, must slow down, pull over, and yield the right-of-way. ATV riders that meet horseback riders coming from the opposite direction are required to stop, turn off their engines, remove their helmets to lessen the horse/s anxiety, and not make any sudden movements.

3. Mountain bikers are required to yield to all hikers and horseback riders, and except for ATV riders, yield to all uphill traffic. That means mountain bikers who are descending a trail must yield if they see a hiker, horseback rider or another mountain biker coming up the trail. ATV riders climbing a trail are required to stop and yield to all descending hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

4. Hikers descending a trail yield only to other hikers or horseback riders coming up the trail. When hiking in a group, yield to single or pair hikers. Also when hiking in a group, hike in single file.

5. The bottom line: ATV riders yield to all hikers, bikers and horses. Bikers yield to all hikers and horses. And hikers yield only for horses, and hikers moving uphill.

6. Always be friendly, courteous and respectful to other trail users.

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