7. Regardless of your mode of travel, don’t hike or ride on muddy trails.

8. Many of the trails listed on this website have livestock gates. Users are asked to always leave the gate as they found it. But when in doubt, close the gate.

WATER AVAILABILITY

Depending on the time of year, water sources may be few to nonexistent across eastern Tooele County. Trail and route users should always bring enough water. Never expect to find drinkable water on or near any trail or route. Portable water treatment systems are highly recommended for users who venture into remote areas. Water from springs or streams should be treated to remove disease-causing pathogens.

WEATHER

Tooele County’s climate is categorized as semi-arid. Broad weather extremes can be experienced year-round. Daytime highs during summer can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while temperatures during winter can drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Dress properly for the season and be prepared for sudden weather changes, especially during spring and fall, and while exploring Tooele County’s high mountain areas. Powerful thunderstorms can also develop quickly during summer months, creating dangerous lightning and flashflood events. Check the weather before embarking on any of Tooele County’s multi-purpose trails or road cycling routes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides site-specific weather forecasts for anywhere in Tooele County at www.noaa.gov.

LEAVE NO TRACE

Tooele County’s landscape deserves the best of care. All trails pass through fragile soil structures

and ecosystems. The use of these trails is a privilege, not a right. Trail users are vigorously encouraged to respect the land upon which they hike or ride. Furthermore, please stay on designated trails, and don’t forge new trails around muddy areas or obstacles. Numerous historic and prehistoric sites are found on several trails/routes. Please respect and protect their continued existence for you and others to enjoy. The “Leave No Trace” Center for Outdoor Ethics has 7 principles all outdoor enthusiasts and trail users are asked to follow. They are:

1. Plan ahead and prepare
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
3. Dispose of waste properly
4. Leave what you find
5. Minimize campfire impacts
6. Respect wildlife
7. Be considerate of other visitors.

For details on what each of those principles mean and how to follow them, please go online to www.lnt.org and click on “Programs.”

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