The coronavirus has changed a lot of things in our lives, including how we safely enjoy the outdoors. Fortunately, the Truckee, Tahoe, and Reno areas have an abundant amount of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore. It’s possible to find solitude on local trails. But before you do, take note of the new rules and help keep everyone safe so we have plenty of adventures to come.
NEW RULES OF THE OUTDOORS – STAYING HEALTHY ON LOCAL TRAILS
Check Before You Go
Most trails in our area have remained open but always check before you go since closures may vary between cities, counties, states and management entities. Services at trails, such as visitor centers or restrooms, may be closed so plan accordingly. Please reference the following resources for the most up to date information on trails and parks:
Pack Out Your Trash
Hopefully, you are doing this already but if not, please start. Pack out your trash. Even if there are trash cans at the trailhead, there are fewer park staff and volunteer resources to maintain these. Keep the trails clean by packing out anything you bring on your hike or bike ride.
Avoid Busy Times and Popular Trails
The busiest trails are popular for a reason, but now is the perfect time to explore some lesser-known areas. If you arrive at your favorite trail and find the parking lot full, have a plan for hiking a different trail or come back at another time.
Proceed with Caution
Understand that some healthcare systems, especially in rural areas, might be overwhelmed so avoid dangerous activities. This means sticking to activities within your normal routine and taking proper precautions.
We are all in this together! Remember to practice social distancing even on the trail – give other hikers and bikers room to pass and respect any directional signage on trails. If you are feeling sick, please stay home to minimize the risk of exposing others.
Help park staff and volunteers by following these new rules of the trail. For more tips for recreating outdoors in a safe and healthy way, check out Leave No Trace Center.
McClellan, Kristin. “Rules of the Trail – Getting Outside Safely in Reno Tahoe.” Reno Tahoe, Reno Tahoe, 28 May 2020, www.visitrenotahoe.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/rules-of-the-trail-getting-outside-safely-in-reno-tahoe/.