Meet Your Forest: Rules of the mountain biking trail |

Meet Your Forest: Rules of the mountain biking trail

Mountain bike trails are designed to minimize erosion and other negative impacts upon your forest.
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In 2010, the White River National Forest finalized a Travel Management Plan addressing all mechanized and motorized use in the forest. The Travel Management Plan may be found at:

Roads and trails are closed to mechanized and motorized use unless they are posted open with a sign. Mountain bike trails are designed to minimize erosion and other negative impacts upon your forest. Riding wheeled vehicles off of approved system trails is prohibited.

Shortcutting switchbacks is prohibited. Bicycling and other mechanized forms of recreation are prohibited in Ptarmigan Peak and Eagles Nest Wilderness areas. Commercial trips or guided services require a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.


For forest updates and alerts please visit:

Be aware of your surroundings. Bark beetle-killed and other trees may fall at any time.

Please wear appropriate gear. A helmet, gloves and knee pads are highly recommended.

Know and ride within your limits. Steep hills, loose rocks, stumps and roots are some of the dangers encountered on forest trails.

Plan ahead. Weather can change quickly in the mountains. Water, rain gear and warm clothing are recommended.

Trail Etiquette

Some trails cross private lands. Please respect private property and stay on the trail.

Most mountain bike trails are multi-use trails. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users. Use caution and watch for others when travelling around curves or over hills. Riders bicycling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill.

For your own safety and the safety of others, please ride within your limits.

Do not detour or create alternate routes around mud puddles. Stay on the trail!

Be mindful of trail conditions. Wet or muddy trails can be more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, please consider other riding options.

Never scare animals. Help keep the animals wild by not feeding or approaching them.

Be courteous and cautious when passing. Call out to other riders to state the side on which you intend to pass.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s online resources offer free, easy-to-access information for the benefit of mountain bikers worldwide at:

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