• William Hook

Biking

Whether you are visiting for the first time to the Pikes Peak region, a newcomer, an old timer or a native, if you love cycling you have just hit the jackpot. The Pikes Peak Region has endless bicycle trails. Your only problem is deciding which ones to ride on first!

All aspects of cycling in one great region. Whatever your pleasure, endless road biking lanes, tons of mountain bike singletracks and so many good old fashioned comfort trails are all waiting for you.

From Garden of the Gods, the number one park in the nation by TripAdvisor, which has paved and unpaved gravel trails that wind through magnificent red rock formations and offer stunning views of Pikes Peak.

Before You Get Started

Let nature’s sounds prevail. Save shouts of joy for post-ride stories.

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Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics for Mountain Biking

 Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Ensure your mountain bike is in good, working order. A properly maintained mountain bike reduces the risk of injury, a long walk out, or both.
  • Check with land managers, local bike shops, local cycling groups, and. mtbproject.com for the most up-to-date trail information.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use and ride in small groups of 3-4.
  • Be self-sufficient and pack appropriately. A rain shell, multi-tool, spare tube, pump, and food all help ensure a safe and fun ride.
  • Wear a helmet and other appropriate safety gear. It could save your life.

Travel on Durable Surfaces

  • For biking, durable surfaces include established trails, dirt roads, and pavement. Off-trail travel by bike is not often allowed. Check local regulations.
  • Respect trail and road closures. Do not trespass on private land and obtain permits when necessary. Bicycles are not permitted in areas designated as state or federal Wilderness.
  • Avoid riding muddy, excessively wet, or icy trails. When encountering patches of mud or ice, ride through it and not around to avoid trail widening.
  • Avoid skidding. Locking up your tires creates ruts, increases erosion, and decreases your control.
  • Take someone new for a ride and teach him or her proper trail riding technique.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Litter can potentially endanger wildlife, attract scavengers, and diminish other visitors’ experiences. This includes toilet paper and other hygiene products.
  • Designate a pocket for litter, wrappers, and leftover food.
  • Use restroom facilities before hitting the trail. Otherwise, deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Urinate well away from water sources and out of sight of other riders.
  • Be cool. Leave a favorable impression; not waste.

Leave What You Find

  • Preserve the past: observe, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • #mtbselfie: photograph yourself being a responsible mountain biker, take pictures of natural objects in the wild and leave them for future preservation.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Check your clothing, bike, and equipment before and after each ride for seeds. Wash your bike between rides.
  • Unauthorized trailwork, like berms, bridges, ladders, etc. is not recommended. You could unknowingly damage sensitive vegetation or contribute to further erosion and other trail damage.

Respect Wildlife

  • Stick to the trail. Wildlife accustomed to riders can predict actions, but riding off-trail confuses wildlife.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, winter, dusk, and dawn.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other trail users and protect the quality of their experience. Always ride within your limits.
  • Be courteous. Yield to hikers and equestrians. Be prepared to stop and dismount if the trail is narrow or crowded. Yield to climbing cyclists when descending.
  • When encountering slower traffic, announce your presence with a friendly greeting or bell to avoid startling other visitors.
  • Reduce your potentially intimidating size by stepping to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
  • Ride in small groups to avoid excessive dust and noise.
  • Racing on recreational trails is dangerous, inconsiderate, and never in style.

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are reprinted with the permission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. For more information, visit www.LNT.org.

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