The Golden Rule
10 Seconds of Kindness
Trail Access Is a Privilege Not at Right
These are all supremely important concepts to keep at the forefront of consciousness while out on the trails. Remember, trails in Park City are open to all members of the public. This is nobody’s private playground. As Park City’s trail advocacy group, our aim is to optimize a safe and fun outdoor experience for all types of trail users. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Practice 10 Seconds of Kindness. Slow down and smile, it’s easy and it makes everyone feel good.
- Bikes, even if traveling uphill, NEVER have the right of way to pedestrians or equestrians.
- Bells on trails keep everyone safe. Use and listen for them while you are on the trails. Pick up a freebie at a local shop or from Mountain Trails.
- Do not use muddy trails! If it is sticking to your heels or wheels, turn around. As you know, #RutsSuck.
- Keep singletrack, single. If you come to an unexpected puddle, walk or ride straight through the middle.
- Skidding corners permanently damages trails. Instead, slow down earlier and coast through the turn.
- Practice 10 Seconds of Kindness. Slow down and smile. It’s easy and it makes everyone feel good.
- Skier speed is the biggest factor in winter trail incidents. Slow down, smile and give space to other users.
- Fat bikes, please do not ride if you are leaving a rut. If snow is too soft to ride a straight line, then turn around. Tires can leave ruts that ruin groomed trails for other users. In the spring, ruts also lead to erosion and costly trail repairs. Don’t forget #RutsSuck
- Dark spots accelerate melting. Help reduce melting by removing debris from trails and avoid tracking mud onto the snow.
- Consider using the marked winter singletrack when biking, snowshoeing or hiking. Winter singletrack is a lot more fun and using it will help preserve the groomed trails for other users.
Dogs Off Leash
- Park City has a reputation for being a dog-friendly community that often turns a blind eye to the off-leash dogs of responsible dog owners, but there are enforceable leash laws in Summit County. The off-leash privilege is, technically, illegal, but has been tolerated by the community because most dog owners are responsible and courteous. In high-use areas such as Round Valley, the privilege is being threatened because of incidents involving poor judgment – or outright disrespect – on the part of just a few dog owners.
- Off-leash dogs can become confused by bikers and skiers. If a dog crosses the path of even a slow moving skier or biker, significant injury can result to person, dog or equipment. Confused animals can also do things their owners do not expect, like biting. Don’t find out the hard way that your nervous dog is a biter. Damages and injuries will likely become the liability of the person who allowed the dog to be off-leash. A dog owner found in violation of leash laws, could be sued!
- There is no poop fairy! Dog waste is not part of a healthy ecosystem and dog owners are expected to remove dog waste – regardless of where it falls. If a dog goes bushwhacking and lays one down, then the owner needs to go bushwhacking and pick it up. Trash receptacles are often placed 100+ yards up trail from a trailhead, but if your dog relieves itself beyond that, do the responsible thing and pick up/carry out the waste. Do not leave a “doggie bag” on the side of the trail. More often than not, they are forgotten and left to rot on the side of a trail. Bring extra waste removal bags just in case.
- Always place dogs on leash immediately upon arriving at trailhead parking lots. That way excited pooches never get the chance to harass others, get hit by a car or sneak in a bathroom break while owners are distracted.
- For Dogs that need some space, Summit County and Park City have adopted supporting the Yellow Dog Project, learn more at the link.