DNR is currently working on a pilot project to better sign some of our high-use trails. While the below examples are “geared” toward trails open to mountain bikes, the same approach could be applied to signs on trails intended for horse, ORVs, hiking or other kinds of shared or activity specific trails. New signs could include directional rules, suggested skill-level, elevation and other bits of information intended to improve your experience as you explore DNR-managed lands. We thought, what better way to test them out then by reaching out to the community of recreationists who love and enjoy DNR trails statewide? That’s where you get involved.
Do our graphics help explain the information? Is our language clear? We invite you to take some time looking at one of our draft signs, below, and send us an email with your input. Thanks in advance for being a part of this effort.
Note: The yielding guidance in this sign, below, isn’t a typo. Though motorized traffic typically yields to bikes, who yield to hikers who yield to horseback riders, some of our trails may need special guidance to ensure the best outdoor experience and safety for all who enjoy DNR-managed lands. Take, for example, the sample sign below. It would be used on a trail designed primarily for mountain bikers while still allowing hiking. Our yielding guidance (in this case) would recommend that hikers yield to mountain bikers. Let us know if that yielding information is clear in this sign, below.
Piloting these signs: East Tiger Mountain
Located just outside Issaquah, East Tiger Mountain is one of Washington state’s most popular landscapes for mountain biking. With our new The Legend and Easy, Tiger trails this September (and Master Link and Predator trails within the last year), we’ve brought the trail system to over 20 miles. We’re piloting some trail signs to make sure getting around safely on this increasingly popular trail system is clear and easy to understand. With room to make any necessary adjustments for clarity, you can expect to begin seeing the new signs this fall and winter.
Signs: Part of so much more
Signs are just one of the ways DNR plans for high-quality recreation experiences on DNR-managed lands. We also work with the public, other land managers and a variety of recreation groups to formalize and adopt recreation plans that guide us in how we manage recreation on some of our most-loved landscapes for years to come. Check out our website to see our plans for some of your favorite recreation destinations.