Trail Etiquette

Most of our trails are multi-use. Thanks to Coastside Dogs for providing the tips below on trail etiquette. Please continue to use common sense, courtesy, and communication to help us keep the Peninsula dog-friendly.

Right-of-Way on Multi-Use Trails

  • If needed, leash up your dog when encountering runners or bicyclists. Horses have right-of-way on the trail (over bikes and hikers with dogs). When you come across a horseback rider, calmly move to the side of the trail with your dog on leash, giving the horse and rider a wide berth to pass.
  • Mountain bikes also have right-of-way on the trail. Again, make sure your dog is to the side of the trail when the cyclist(s) pass.

General & On Leash Etiquette

  • Don’t forget your doggy bags! Please leave no trace by removing pet waste and taking the plastic doggy bags with you.
  • If you see someone who is not picking up after their dog, ask if they need a bag.
  • If you see an “orphaned” doggy bag on the trail or beach, earn some good doggy karma points by putting it in the nearest trash bin.
  • If you encounter another dog on leash, do not assume it is friendly (it may be on leash because it’s not friendly). Ask the owner before letting the dogs meet.

Voice Control Etiquette

  • If you see a runner or biker, leash up your dog for a moment.
  • If you encounter a dog on leash, leash up.
  • If you encounter a horseback rider or are near a horse stable, leash up.
  • If you encounter people with small children, leash up.
  • If your dog has any aggressive tendencies towards people or dogs, leash up.

Runners and Bikers

STOP if you are worried about a dog. They tend to herd and chase. Ask the owner to leash up while you pass.

By following the simple steps above, we can ensure that everyone has a positive recreational experience and that our local trails and beaches are accessible for all. Thanks and see you on the trail!