Mountain biking and fat tire biking are widely enjoyed on the thrilling backcountry trails found in Central Washington. Given the fast nature of the sport, it’s important that bicyclists can react quickly and adjust their speed and position as needed when approaching another adventurer on the trail.
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Under most circumstances, bicyclists yield to hikers. This is because mountain bikes are considered more maneuverable than hikers’ legs. However, because those mountain bikes are moving considerably faster than said legs, it’s usually easier for hikers to yield the right of way—especially if a mountain biker is huffing and puffing up a tough incline. When in doubt, just communicate with your fellow adventurer!

When encountering a horse, a bicyclist should always come to a stop and dismount their bike. Riders may also remove their helmet to identify themselves as less of a threat. Equestrians should play a role in telling you what to do to help them pass by safely as well!

When two bicyclists meet on the trail, the rider traveling uphill always receives the right of way. If you’re coming up behind someone, start with a polite, “On your right (or left)!” to announce yourself.

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