Everyone deserves an outdoor experience free of negative impact by
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conventions have been established to prevent conflicts on
- Hikers and bikers
should stop and get off the trail when encountering horses
to avoid spooking the animals, and bikers should yield to
- Motorized traffic
should yield to other travelers
- Uphill travelers
have the right-of-way (it's harder to go uphill, so downhill
travelers should step aside so they don't impede uphill
- Here are links for
more information: Horse &
rider etiquette, Biker
- Respect designated
- No mechanized
equipment is allowed in Wilderness Areas (this include
- ATVs and
motorcycles must stay on specified trails - refer to the Off
Highway Vehicles/Motorized Vehicle Use Map (pdf),
available from the Logan
- Trails for motorized equipment are designed and maintained to compensate for the additional wear and tear. Using motor vehicles on other trails can cause serious damage.
- Horses and
bicycles are restricted from some trails (interpretive nature trails, for
- Help reduce trail
erosion and damage
- NEVER "cut"
switchbacks! Short-cutting trail switchbacks causes
- Avoid riding
horses or bicycles on muddy trails - water running down bicycle
ruts can cause erosion, and horse hoofs can damage soft and muddy trails.
- Avoid walking on
the "outside edge" (the downhill side) of trails. Foot
traffic can damage this weakest part of a trail.
- Stay on
established trails when possible - "social trails"
(user-created paths) cause erosion.
- Practice "Leave
No Trace" principles
- "Pack In/Pack Out"
- carry out everything you bring in
- Bury human waste
and bury or carry out used toilet paper
- Do not build fires
- Keep the noise
down - minimize shouting and leave the electronic audio
- If you must bring
a dog, keep it on a leash or under strict control to avoid
stressing wildlife and disturbing other trail users
Help make things better
- Gently encourage other users to practice good trail etiquette.
- Pick up and carry out trash.
- Report trail damage and unsafe conditions to the Logan Ranger District.
- Help with trail maintenance as a volunteer:
- National Trails Day activities, often sponsored by the Logan Ranger District, are a good place to start.
- Volunteer to help the Cache Hikers and other groups to help maintain the trails they have "adopted".
- Perform minor trail maintenance activities as you hike:
- Move loose rocks from the trail - try giving them a push with your boot.
- Carry a folding saw and use it to trim encroaching vegetation from the trailway:
- Don't leave unsightly and dangerous "stobs" - cut woody material back to the ground or to a main stem.
- Pull or dig out invasive trailside weeds
- Learn more about trail maintenance: