Michigan Trail Hiking Etiquette 101
With spring arriving those that crave the outdoors will be looking to get their cure for cabin fever: The Great Outdoors. In Michigan we have no shortage of incredible hiking, biking, and walking trails. If your new to hiking or just looking for a refresher on your non-motorized trail etiquette, be sure to familiarize yourself with the following:
With hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders sharing the same path, it's important to know who has the right of way. Yielding doesn't automatically mean stopping or getting off the trail, although that may be the best way in some situations.
According to The State of Michigan, hikers and bicyclists must 'yield' to horseback riders. It's recommended that as you approach you announce yourself by simply saying 'Hi' or 'Hello'. Horses can be spooked easily and since bicyclist can move quietly and quickly, so ask the rider the best way to pass safely.
All parties on trails are asked to avoid hiking, biking and horseback riding when the trails are muddy. If you are out in these conditions and encounter mud, you should walk through the center of it to avoid widening the trail.
If you are bringing your furry friends along make sure they are a 6-foot leash. Your pup may be well trained but others on the trail may be nervous around them, so keep them close and safe.
Be courteous and say hello to everyone, the trails are a great place to meet new people with the same interests.
Last but not least, if you brought it, take it with you! Leave the trail like you found it, if not better! If you see some litter pick it up and set the example for the rest.
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