TRAIL ETIQUETTE

On Foot:

  • Bicyclists must yield to hikers and horses, and hikers must yield to horses
  • Please clean up after your pets and keep them on a leash
  • Leave no trace! Please help keep our trails free of litter
  • Please, STAY ON THE TRAILS! Cutting across switchbacks causes unnecessary erosion and maintenance problems
  • When encountering horses, greet the riders. If you surprise a horse from out of the bushes, it may think you’re a wild animal and try to bolt, but if you speak, it will recognize you as a human and calm down
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On Bicycles:

  • Downhill riders must yield to uphill riders as well as to other trail users. Control your speed,        so that you can stop when necessary, and be cautious at blind corners
  • Call out “Passing on your left (or right)!” when overtaking someone else
  • Avoid muddy trails. The ruts you create ruin the trail surface and make it less safe

Pets on Pathways:

Weber Pathways supports pet friendly trails and want pets to have safe meaningful hikes. Dog owners should be aware of and comply with the laws and ordinances of the communities the pathways travel through.

Dog and dog owner should be comfortable walking together before embarking on a mountain trail. The mountain is a dangerous venue for training.

Keep the Trail Pet Friendly

  • Pick up after our dogs – even if the dog does its thing well off the trail, even if it’s a little dog, even if they are miles from a trailhead
  • Only bring friendly, controllable dogs on the trails and keep our buddy from being a nuisance to others
  • Be in complete control of our dogs at all times
  • Remember that people who don’t love dogs or might not want our dogs near them have a right to use the trails unhindered by our animals.

Trail Safety for Dogs

Distractions exist on the trails that may cause even the most obedient dog to ignore the dog owner. Extreme caution should be taken before dogs are turned off leash.

  • Dogs should not hike on full stomachs.
  • Dogs can dehydrate in as little as 30 minutes on a hike. It’s important to have water readily available.
  • Even in cool weather, dogs can over heat. A heavily panting dog is a signal that it’s time for a break.
  • Dogs’ foot pads get tougher with use. Shorter hikes may be necessary to build up your dog’s tolerance to rugged paths.
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  • It is imperative that dogs be up to date on vaccines before embarking on a trail journey. A dead bat on the side of the trail could spread rabies to the unprotected sniffer.
  • Watch out for rattle snakes – even juveniles that may not have rattles yet. If you suspect your dog has been bitten by a rattle snake, calmly and carefully exit the trail and seek veterinary assistance. Dogs aren’t as adversely affected by rattle snake venom as humans are, so there’s no need to make a mad dash off the mountain.

Minimum Equipment

Leash, extra leash, poop pick-up bags and water.

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