RivCoParks encourages respectful dialogue and education between user groups to reduce the amount of incidents on multi-purpose trails.
ALL TRAILS WITHIN DISTRICT PROPERTIES ARE MULTI-PURPOSE TRAILS
SHARING THE TRAILS
Multi-purpose trails are a great way for trail users to have access to a large number of miles whether you’re on foot, hoof, or tread. It is the user’s responsibility to know and understand the rules and regulations of each park.
STAY ON TRAIL
Do not create new trails for your convenience; this contributes to erosion issues and dangerous trails.
It’s a simple concept: if you offer respect, you are more likely to receive it. Education with friendly dialogue will diminish negative encounters on the trail for all users.
- Communicate in advance
- Observe park regulations & speed limits
- Don’t block the trail. Allow room for other users to pass safely.
- Stay alert
Yield to ALL other users
- Control your speed
- Slow down and use caution when approaching other trail users and blind turns
- Avoid startling horses, dogs, hikers and joggers. Reduce your speed, speak clearly, and do not rush past other users.
- Do not build jumps or create new trails
Have priority on trail
- As an equestrian, you have a responsibility to manage your animals on the trail; it is not advised to bring “green” rides to multi-purpose trails unless they are comfortable. If your horse spooks easily, do not ride them on multi-purpose trails.
- Keep an eye out for other users in front of you, behind you, and joining you at trail junctions.
- Inform other users of safest way to pass. Not all trail users are familiar with a horse’s behavior. Some dogs and people can be frightened, communicate your needs clearly.
- Be responsible, maintain control of your horse at all times.
TRAIL USERS WITH DOGS
Yield to Hikers and Equestrians
- Dogs must be on a leash not to exceed 6 feet. When passing other users, maintain a short leash to avoid confrontation, and maintain control of your dog.
- Aggressive dogs are not allowed on trails.
- Yield to other hikers and equestrians. Because some dogs are unpredictable, step to one side of the trail with your dog to allow enough room for others to pass safely.
- Pick up dog waste and haul off trail.
HIKERS & RUNNERS
Yield to Hooves
- Always yield to equestrians. If you are running, slow down or stop. Horses can spook when a runner approaches too fast.
- Be alert
- Don’t block the trail. Allow others to pass if you’re taking a break.
- Keep at least one ear open. For safety and for communicating with others, wear only one ear bud when listening to devices.
It is your responsibility to exercise caution and to ensure your own safety while using trails. This includes knowing the limits of your own abilities, wearing a helmet when bicycling, and following the rules specific to the trail you are on.
By design, regional trails accommodate a variety of trail users. While this is generally one of the many benefits of multi-use regional trails, it also can lead to occasional conflicts among trail users. Everyone should take responsibility to ensure trail safety by following a few simple trail etiquette guidelines.
- Travel in groups of two or more
- Keep your speed down. Pass with care, and yield when appropriate
- Be prepared for weather. Conditions and temperatures can change rapidly. Dress accordingly, carry adequate water and sun protection.
- Stay on approved trails. Going off trail can damage park resources, accelerate erosion, and threaten other park users and wildlife. Respect the property of the land owners adjacent to trail boundaries and the vegetation that grows there.
- Always carry water. Two quarts per person per two hour hike is recommended.
- Dogs must be under control at all times.
- Obey all trail-use rules posted at trailheads. You are responsible for knowing and following park rules and regulations.
- Do not litter.
- Do not drink or contaminate water sources
- Use provided toilet facilities – If you are unable to find a facility, dig a hole six inches deep at least 200 feet from any open water.
- Do not make fires. Use picnic areas and grills if provided.
- No motorized vehicles are allowed on trails
- Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Long sleeves, pants, study hiking shoes, and hats are highly recommended.
- Listen for other trail users and pass equestrians with caution. Hikers and should step to the side of the trail when meeting or being overtaken by cyclists or equestrians.
- Stay on trail. Wandering off trail leads to increased erosion and threatens the natural environment.
- Do not create new trails
- Do not drink the water in streams and springs
Bicycling Safety Tips
- Wear a helmet. Nearly 75% of all bicycle related deaths are the result of head injuries.
- Cyclists yield to all other trail users
- Be sure your bicycle is in good operating condition.
- Carry a spare tube and tools for minor repairs.
- Wear high visibility clothing. It sets you apart from the scenery and makes you more visible to motorists.
- Always yield, pass with care and keep your speed to a slow, safe pace.
- Do not exceed the 15-mph speed limit. Approach each bend as if someone were around the corner.
- Hikers and particularly horses are easily startled.
- Calling out or ringing a bicycle bell to get the attention of other trail users can prevent accidents.
- Being sensitive to how others perceive you will assure a positive image for your sport and minimize the restrictions that follow confrontations and negative encounters.
Equestrian Safety Tips
- Travel at a safe speed. Be especially careful when visibility is limited.
- Let other trail users know if your horse is safe to pass.
- Don’t take short cuts. Stay on trail.
- Don’t ride in the rain. If the trail is muddy, use an alternate trail. Deep hoof ruts are difficult to repair and make the trail hazardous for other trail users.
The Santa Ana River Trail is a multi-use trail complex that runs alongside the Santa Ana River in southern California. When completed, it will be the longest multi-use trail in Southern California, spanning 100 miles between San Bernardino and Orange County.
As envisioned, the majority of the 75-mile segment from Huntington Beach to San Bernardino County would be a dual-track trail consisting of 1) paved Class I and Class II Bikeways for bicyclists and pedestrians and 2) decomposed granite (DG) surfaced riding and hiking trail for equestrians, mountain bicyclists, and hikers.
Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District’s Trail Development Standard is available for download. You will need Adobe Acrobat (or a compatible PDF viewer) to view this document.
The RivCoParks Adopt-A-Trail (AAT) program was created by the Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District to bring community members and organizations together to protect and maintain the natural beauty of our trail system and open-space areas.