RSTBC Trail Rating System
Designed for professional mountain bikers and amateurs riders of exceptional skill. Not intended for the public. Extremely high risk level
Exceptional bike control skills and balance essential to clear many challenging obstacles. High-risk level.
A mixture of long steep climbs, loose trail surfaces, numerous difficult obstacles to avoid or jump over, drop-offs and sharp corners. Some sections are definitely easier to walk
Challenging riding with steep slopes and/or obstacles, possibly on a narrow trail with poor traction. Requires riding experience
Gentle climbs and easily avoidable obstacles such as rocks, roots and pot-holes
Fairly flat, wide and paved. Suitable for all users
Do your part to preserve and enhance by observing the following rules of the trail. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for trail users.
Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. The way you use the trails will influence trail management decisions and policies.
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all speed regulations, guidelines and recommendations.
Let fellow trail users know you’re coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don’t startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop and pass safely.
All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing
Know your equipment, your abilities, and the area in which you are traveling. Prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions.
Fostering a healthy, engaged community in the Shuswap Region – economic/environmental/social – through well designed, maintained, and promoted trails connecting people, culture, and landscape