RULES OF THE TRAIL
If you’ve come to Central Idaho to ride, you’ve come to the right place. The McCall area boasts one of the most amazing riding areas to be found anywhere. We do ask that you follow some simple common sense “rules of the trail”1. STAY ON THE TRAIL
2. DON’T SHORT CUT SWITCHBACKS. We have a lot of them around here so if you don’t like them or can’t ride them go to the trail status report and click on the trail name to get a description of the trail and find one that doesn’t have them. Cutting switchbacks creates erosion and ruins trails.
3. DON’T LEAVE THE TRAIL TO GO AROUND DOWNED TIMBER- CITRA recommends that every party carries at least one chain saw. Trees drop frequently, sometimes while you’re on the trail. If you don’t have a saw make sure to check out our trail status report and find a trail that’s reported clear. If you encounter a downed tree and can’t get over it, turn back. Don’t tear up the landscape trying to go around it.
4. DO NOT RIDE ON TRAILS NOT OPEN TO MOTORCYCLES- Pay attention to the signs, get a copy of the Motor Vehicle Use map from the Forest Service, and visit our trail status report page. This page lists only trails open to motorcycles.
5. DON’T ROOST- Save the roosting for the track. Whoops in the woods do nothing but create erosion issues and therefore require a lot of work to fix. Please consider using a “trials” type tire or a hybrid tire to minimize trail damage. These tires hook up really well and in most cases even create an advantage. Check out our forum page for recommendations.
6. DON’T RIDE OVER YOUR HEAD- Use our link to trail descriptions to find a trail that’s well within your comfort level. Riding trails that you’re not ready for not only tears up the trail but puts you at risk of injury. Rescues are extremely difficult as well as potentially expensive in this part of the country. There is no cell phone reception in most of these areas. You’re on your own!
7. RESPECT OTHER TRAIL USERS- If you should encounter horses, shut your bike down, remove your helmet and ask the rider how they would like to handle the encounter. Remember that horses are infinitely less predictable than motorcycles. As you encounter hikers and mountain bikers, slow down and say hello. Remember that we look like stormtroopers to them and a little friendly conversation will go a long way.
8. BE CAREFUL AND HAVE FUN