While all Ridge to Rivers trails are open to hiking or running, there are a small number of trails designated specifically for pedestrians only. While this is one management tool, we try to find other solutions to management challenges prior to closing a trail to certain uses.
These uses can include:
- Promoting shared trails, since it's difficult for everyone to have their own trail.
- Using other forms of education.
- Creating opportunities that spread the use out rather than concentrating it in one area.
- Using physical obstacles such as rocks or fence pass-thrus to slow use.
Currently, the following trails have the Pedestrian-Only designation:
- Camel's Back Trails #40
- Hulls Gulch Interpretive Trail #0
- The Grove Trail #38
- Red Winged Blackbird Trail #35A
- Freestone Creek Trail #22B
- Rim Trail #102
These trails have a Pedestrian-Only designation for the following reasons:
- The main function of a trail is to provide an educational experience.
- There is a need to separate uses in a busy area to minimize conflicts.
- The steepness of a trail would increase erosion if other uses were allowed.
- The experience desired by the community means a more restrictive approach.