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Trail Safety

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Safety is No Accident, Courtesy is Contagious

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All Users
Pet Owners
  • STAY ALERT. TURN OFF YOUR IPOD
  • Stay to the right
  • Look behind you from time to time
  • Yield to others when entering the trail
  • Bikers yield to all others on the trail
  • Walkers/hikers yield to equestrians on the trail
  • Pass ONLY after looking behind you
  • Pass ONLY after a loud warning
  • Warn with a loud voice at least 2 seconds BEFORE overtaking someone
  • If warned before being passed, call out, “Thanks for the warning”
  • If NOT warned, politely call out “Please warn before passing”
  • Pass ONLY on the left
  • Pass ONLY if you have a 2 foot clearance
  • Do NOT block the trail when stopping
  • Do NOT block by going 3 or 4 abreast
  • When dark, wear reflective clothes
  • When dark, carry a light

Cyclists

  • Keep a safe, reasonable speed
  • Adjust speed to trail congestion and surface conditions
  • Be predictable
  • Wear a helmet

Hikers and Walkers

  • Do not read on the trail
  • Keep your pet to the right
  • Treat your pet as you would a child
  • Keep your pet on a very short leash when passing or being passed
  • Obey posted leash regulations

Equestrians

  • Keep a safe, reasonable speed
  • Adjust speed to trail congestion and surface conditions
  • Pass ONLY at a walk
  • Wear a helmet
  • Assume every horse you meet is a novice with a novice rider
  • Tie up at least 10 feet from the trail

Parents

  • PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN. Keep them to the right
  • Stay immediately behind or to the left of your children

Cyclists: Please, do not use a flashing strobe light as a headlight. Flashing white strobe lights can be disorienting and are very irritating. Instead, please use a headlight with a steady beam aimed low. We are all safer if no one is confused or blinded by your light.

Everyone:

If you have witnessed an accident or vandalism on the trail, please send a brief description to us at trails@sisterstrails.com or call Sisters Ranger District.

Emergency Telephone Number: 911 (Identify location and nearest trail marker.)

To Report Unsafe Trail Conditions: Call the Sisters Ranger District office at 541-549-7700. For general maintenance, email maintenance@sisterstrails.com