The Hydrocut Trail Rules are in the service of preserving the forest and the quality of the trails. Breaching the the rules creates additional/unnecessary work for the volunteers; diverting the resources from genuine trail improvements.
1. Do not destroy vegetation and disturb wildlife – The forest is a precious environmentally sensitive oasis. The health of the forest is of the HIGHEST priority. A damaged forest is a damaged cyclist/hiker reputation.
2. Stay on designated single track trails only (marked green on the map, ask if not sure)
3. All unmarked paths/passages are illegal, or meant ONLY for service vehicles. Some paths lead to private land where the public is unwelcome. Trespassing on private land will generate opposition to the public trail system.
4. Do not alter trails or create shortcuts – ALL unauthorized alterations will promptly be reversed. The only way to make trail changes is though the Trail Committee’s proper planning process.
5. Do not litter – YOU should carry out EVERYTHING that you brought in. Disposable water bottles can’t be held securely in water bottle cages, do not use them on bikes.
6. Stay away from muddy trails – Wet & soft soil + tires & boots = soil displacement. Displaced soil = erosion. Erosion = trail closure.
7. Cyclists wear a helmet – Riding cross-country trails without a helmet is just plain reckless and shows disrespect to volunteer maintenance workers and the landowners. A rider without a helmet is inviting trouble and bad trail publicity.
8. Ride within your ability – Mishaps raise concerns and can cause trail closures. Adjust YOUR SPEED to the level of YOUR ABILITY to stop in time for ANY situation. ALL RIDERS at ALL TIMES must expect to suddenly encounter stopped riders, oncoming hikers, children, animals getting in a way, or naturally occurring potential hazards like soft mud, slippery leaves, ice, washed out trail surface, loose sand/gravel, fallen trees and such.
9. Cyclists follow proper trail flow – Hydrocut is a busy urban trail system. To move the traffic as smoothly as possible, most trails have been designated ONE WAY ONLY (these trails are marked with one way signs and indicated on the trail map). Yield to uphill traffic on two-way trails. Hikers and runners are encouraged to travel the opposite way for easier spotting of approaching cyclists.
More general trail rules and etiquette: