Maple Ridge Trail Guide 2018
BE PREPARED • CLOTHING & SUPPLIES - Wear weather and trail appropriate clothing/gear and be sure to pack water, snacks, first aid supplies and sunscreen! • TELL SOMEONE - Let someone know where you plan to go and when you plan to be back. • USE DESIGNATED TRAILS - For your safety, avoid going off-trail and bring a map and compass. Cell phones are great tools; however, you may not have cell service in remote areas. • IF YOU NEED HELP – If you get lost or need help, stay visible, call for help or ask a fellow trail user. Call 911 if there is an emergency and let them know what trail you’re on, your surroundings and any other location information that will help them locate you. • BRIDGES & BOARDWALKS - Regardless of weather, bridges and boardwalks can be slippery! Use caution when crossing. • WILDLIFE AWARE – Be aware of wildlife on the trails (bears, cougars, deer) and safely enjoy nature. Do not approach wildlife and use additional caution on trails with recent wildlife sightings. • WIND & SNOW - Be aware that wind or snow conditions can cause trees or branches to fall. Avoid walking in heavily forested areas during severe wind or snow storms. TRAIL ETIQUETTE • RESPECTING OUR NEIGHBOURS - Some of our neighbours live adjacent to trails. Please respect their privacy. • DESIGNATED TRAILS - Our teams work hard to manage our designated trails. For your safety and trail preservation, please do not create new trails. • DOGS ON TRAILS – Unless you are in an off leash area, keep dogs on leash and remember to clean up after your pets. • HORSES ON TRAILS – Use horse-friendly trails to keep you, your animal and your fellow trail-users safe. • RULES OF THE ROAD - Just like when you drive, stay to the right of trail and pass on the left. • PROTECTING NATURE - Do not disturb or remove plants or wildlife. Do not litter and, if you come across someone else’s litter, help keep our trails clean and take it out with you. • FIRE SAFETY - Fires are not permitted. Do not build structures, fire rings or dig trenches. • YIELDING - Makeway for your fellow trail users! Cyclists should yield to both hikers and horseback riders; hikers yield to horseback riders.
LEGEND + TRAIL TYPES
Distance Equestrian Trails Nature Trails Urban Nature Trails Walkways
WALKWAYS The surfacing of these pathways is typically asphalt or concrete. The widths of the walkways are between 1.2m – 3.0m with gentle grades generally less than 5% slope. Walkways are designed for walking, jogging and cycling and may accommodate strollers, wheelchairs and rollerblades on flat terrain. URBAN NATURE TRAILS The surfacing of these trails is generally gravel or wood mulch. They are typically 1.5m - 2.0m wide and are designed for walking, jogging and cycling. Urban Nature trails in flat terrain may also accommodate strollers. The grades can vary between flat and up to 15% slopes. NATURE TRAILS The surfacing of these trails is typically gravel, wood mulch or native soil. These trails are typically less than 1.5m wide. Nature trails will lead through natural areas and are designed for sure-footed pedestrians with appropriate footwear. These trails can also be used for low speed off- road cycling where permitted. Natural hazards may be present including grades that may exceed 20% slope; additional care should be taken when using these trails. EQUESTRIAN TRAILS The surfacing of these trails is typically gravel, wood mulch or native soil. Equestrian trails include roadside shoulder trails; Dike trails and off road trails. Pedestrians and low speed cyclists may also use these trails. Natural hazards may be present including grades that may exceed 20% slope and water crossings; care should be taken when using these trails. Always yield to horseback riders.
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