PHYSICAL DISTANCING ON SINGLE TRACK TRAILS
With the increase in trail users as people seek fresh air and stress relief due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we urge users to use their best judgement at this difficult time. Your health and the health of our community depend on your careful attention to social distancing. If trailheads are busy, take extra precaution or try a different location. Below is our team’s advice on how to reduce your impacts to the trail system while keeping yourself and other safe:
- Become familiar with who should yield in what circumstance on the trail. You can do this either on our website or by becoming familiar with the yellow yielding triangle signs and information posted on each trail head kiosk. Remember, uphill traffic has the right of way when meeting someone on the trail.
- Travel the trail in a manner that allows you to yield when it is your turn to do so. Please slow down when approaching other users, be aware of blind corners, be mindful of traffic coming from behind, have your dog under control etc.
- If it is your turn to yield (or even if it isn’t but you have chosen to), please stop and move directly off the trail at a 90 degree angle, preferably at least six feet if possible (sometimes terrain makes this a bit difficult) and stop again. Please avoid continuing to travel parallel to the trail either on foot or on a bicycle. This will cause more damage to vegetation and more rapid trail widening.
- Once the person or persons you have yielded to have passed, move directly back onto the trail and continue your ride/hike/run. These guidelines should work most of the time if people are patient and aware of other users and the terrain they are on.
- When passing, please hike single file and be kind and courteous to other users in the foothills.
Choose trails that typically don't see as much traffic (Table Rock, Camel’s Back and Hulls Gulch are very popular areas), or go out during quieter times like early morning or later in the evening.