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Rangers Take To Santa Monica Mountains Trails To Try To Reduce Conflicts Between Uses


Rangers are launching a new campaign to clear up a traffic jam of sorts in some of the South Coast’s mountains. Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area say there are sometimes conflicts on trails between hikers, mountain bikers, and people on horseback.

So, National Park Service rangers will use horses and mountain bikes to patrol some of the 500 miles of multi-use trails in the National Recreation Area. The year long educational campaign will focus on trail rules, and etiquette.

For instance, one of the basic rules is that horses always have the right of way, and people of bike or foot should stop to avoid scaring the horse. And people hiking downhill should always yield to people walking uphill.