Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Since I've been hiking more trails lately in search of geocaches, the question came up. Who has the right-of-way? I'm always the one to get out of the way first, so I never gave thought to the rules of the trail.

When you are hiking and there is a biker approaching from ahead, your first thought is to get the heck out of the way so you don't get mowed down... But did you know, you actually have the right-of-way? Bikers are supposed to yield to hikers. I'll be honest though - I don't have the heart to mess with a bikers momentum! A lot of the trails here are up mountain sides, I'm not going to make a bike stop his climb when I'm walking down hill. It has got to be hard to get going in the first place! So techneiclly the biker must yield, but courtesy on the hikers part is appreciated. Picture from

What if your hiking and are approaching a horse from the other direction, or a horse is coming up from behind? In this case, the hiker yields to the horse. A biker would need to do the same as well. I have heard It's also a good idea to turn away from the horse as they are passing by as not to spook them.

I wasn't sure about what happens when I biker needs to pass a horse, so of course I did some Googling. From what I could find, the biker should slow to a walking pace and establish verbal contact to the horseback rider for instructions. The article where I got this information also says that horses don't often recognize bikers as human because of their gear and movement. Also if the horse has a bow tied in their tail - it means they like to kick ... but just becuase they don't have a bow in their tail, doesn't means they wont!

I'm sure a lot of you out there know this stuff - as many geocachers hike, bike and ride horses. If you have anything to add please leave a comment!!

In addition to the previous link in this post, I also used this site for more info.


  1. Cool post! And this is stuff I didn't know. Thanks! haha...I'm with you though, I'm mostly just going to get the heck out of the way!

  2. Yeah for sure, I'd sooner dive into the bush then test to see if a biker flying down the mountain is going to yield to me. :-) I suppose a whole lot of it is just being considerate of others people, their pace and their space...

    Neat post. Interesting thoughts... I had never really considered the right of way of a horse. Hehehe. :-)

  3. I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your Cinn - AZ feature video. I love the first song. Great photos. I don't know if it's my monitor but some the photos look like they have special effects almost like they were drawn. Those were my favorites.
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. So, according to this horses rule? That's cool. ;-) Now if you'll excuse me... I have to go put a ribbon in my hair. hehehehe

  5. I never knew that about a bow in a horse's tail - how interesting. Though I don't believe I've ever SEEN a bow in a horse's tail. I imagine if you tried to tie a bow into a horse's tail she'd kick the snot out of you. Better just to yield to all horses, I guess.
    Here we also yield to skateboarders - whether or not they are being pulled by large dogs.

  6. I am totally agree with this information!!!