IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.

Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

When riding at 3Rivers Trails you have access to remote area where access by vehicle is not always easy. Weather can change quickly and temperature can drop drastically within a very short period of time. Make sure you are self sufficient, food, drinks and repair kit. The most commun incidents are punctures and broken chain!

  • Recommended Bike Repair equipment:

    • charged cell phone
    • spare tube containing sealant
    • tube repair kit
    • multi-tool
    • chain breaker
    • master link
    • mini-pump
    • CO2 canister with inflator
    • 10cm duck tape.
  • Before you start your ride:

    • make sure your bicycle is in good condition
    • Tire condition & pressure
    • Breaks & pads
    • Chain lube
    • Quick Release tighten
    • your helmet fits properly and in good condition
    • glasses
    • gloves
    • suitable clothing
    • sun cream
    • you have informed one of a relatives on your itinerary – for how long you would be gone and who to contact in case you haven’t arrived at your designated time. 3Rivers Trails will not check up on this!
Mountain biking can be an inherently dangerous sport, especially if undertaken on uneven or roughly hewn ground. Be it for mountain bikers, trail runners or simply those who just enjoy walking our pristine area, to go out and have a self-supported adventure. The emphasis is on adventure, however it must be noted that once you go out onto our trails it is at your own risk. We do not have a collection or rescue service for any emergency, however we will certainly assist in any way possible – but we offer no guarantees whatsoever. There are many risks inherent to these outdoor activities at 3Rivers Trails, and by entering the trails, you acknowledge that the risk is your own. For more information, see the detailed Waiver & Indemnity.