Learn more about sharing the trails from Trail Partners of Marin County. 


We’re all here to enjoy the beauty, adventure and wilderness of Carson Valley. Turns out, we have a lot in common. Whether you’re on foot, hooves or wheels, slow and say “hello” when you pass fellow travelers. We all deserve safe trails. Be a partner. Spread the word!

Mountain bikers should yield to both hikers and equestrians. Bikes can move quickly, and it can be difficult for hikers and equestrians to hear them coming. When passing you should be traveling at a speed that allows you to say hello and hear the reply before passing. Bells are great when you first see someone else on the trail, but why not go the extra mile and say “Hi”, Howdy!” or “Hello”. Slow down when entering blind corners or areas with poor sightlines or visibility. 

Equestrians have the right of way on a trail Both mountain bikers and hikers should yield as horses can be easily frightened. If you’re on foot or on a bike, make sure to give equestrians plenty of space and avoid sudden movements or loud noises. If you’re unsure how to approach an equestrian, it’s best to ask.  Talking to your fellow trail user is courteous and in most instances your voice will let a horse know you are not a threat. Wait until they’ve passed before continuing on the trail.

In addition to yielding to other users, there are a few other rules of trail etiquette to keep in mind. Keep your pets on a leash, unless otherwise authorized, and clean up after them. Stay on the trail and avoid shortcutting switchbacks, as this can cause erosion and damage to the trail. And always pack out what you pack in, leaving the trail as you found it.

By following these simple guidelines, we can all enjoy the outdoors and share the trails with other users. Remember to be courteous and respectful of other users, and always prioritize safety on the trail.

CVTA wants all users to feel welcome and safe on our trails.