Ben Lee Hageman 
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Re: “Trails

Its easy to know the law. What I'm not hearing are the reasons behind it. Why "exactly" do hikers not want motorized vehicles on the trail? Why"exactly" do horsemen not want motorized vehicles on the trail? Why "exactly" do motorcyclists want to be on the trails? If land owners are not required to conform to this law, are they also extended the privilege to break other laws on their property?

Who knows where the money goes, but motorcyclists pay a tax for off-road use. Do horsemen? Motorcyclists I've encountered have always been very considerate; ie. Turning their bikes off to keep from frightening horses, and acknowledging hikers. Horses do a lot of damage to trails and are "non"-leave no trace and can be terrifying to other trail users. I wonder how many beginning hikers know they are supposed to exit the trail on the downhill side for safety and give right of way to the horses.

I love horseback riding and am not talented enough to ride my on/off-road XR600R on a trail (some, but not much). I prefer to hike, but don't think every one else should also. My opinion is uninformed and that's "exactly" why I have the curiosities listed above.

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Posted by Ben Lee Hageman on 02/21/2013 at 7:50 PM

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