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Old 03-28-16, 06:30 PM
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Snowmbile trails

Is it legal to ride on snowmobile trails? I have many snowmobile trails in close proximity and was wondering if its OK to ride my bike there.
Is it season specific? I'd love to be able use it on my fat bike in winter and gravel riding during summer
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Old 03-28-16, 06:35 PM
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Well worth checking with the local club, here in NH, USA, a guy was tooling along during the summer on a snowmobile trail on a 4 wheeler and the owner had him arrested and jailed, poor form but it happened.
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not illegal to ride on the trails, but if they cross private property probably good to ask.
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Thank you. I am still not sure of legality in Canada, specifically Ontario. Signs say "No tresspassing" but I assume it is for snowmobilers without passes/permits.
I did some riding around on the weekend and there are some signs indicating trail crossing with human and bicycle pictogram. Signs are on country roads which said trail (I think Trans Canadian trail) is crossing. And "no trespassing" signs are at the entrances from the roads to the trail. I'll call local club tomorrow to see if they know.
I very much enjoy up and down riding in hilly country but still have to deal with cars. And this trails are well packed pea gravel and great for gravel riding plus they cut distance to nearby lakes and rivers and trails significantly.
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It's called trespassing and in the winter you could very easily be killed .
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My approach to any uncertainty about land access is based on the premise that it's better to apologize later than to ask first. I've ridden my bike on plenty property and rarely ever stopped -- probably because I'm gone before anyone can react. On the few occasions, my apology and explanation that I'm on a bike trying to get from here to there without a long detour has always been accepted.

As far as snowmobile trails go, figure that anybody who would tolerate a snowmobile on their property isn't likely to get worked up over a bicycle.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
My approach to any uncertainty about land access is based on the premise that it's better to apologize later than to ask first. I've ridden my bike on plenty property and rarely ever stopped -- probably because I'm gone before anyone can react. On the few occasions, my apology and explanation that I'm on a bike trying to get from here to there without a long detour has always been accepted.

As far as snowmobile trails go, figure that anybody who would tolerate a snowmobile on their property isn't likely to get worked up over a bicycle.
Very much agree - thank you.

I did some digging around last night and found out that trail of the most interest to me owned for the most part by Conservation Authority and main uses are horseback riding, hiking and biking. Snowmobiles are the only motorized vehicles allowed.
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Originally Posted by ypsetihw
not illegal to ride on the trails, but if they cross private property probably good to ask.
Good point - I always try to ask if possible but also as FBinNY mentioned sometimes I am in similar situation and ask for forgiveness.
And I usually try and respect "Private Property" signs.
From what I found out so far "No Trespassing" signs I saw intended for snowmobilers without permits
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The no trespassing signs are not just for the snowmobiles ,they are also for the dirt bikes ,atv's,4x4 idiots ,and anybody else .I own land that is leased by the trail system ,I have constant issues with idiots who come on my land ,right past the no trespassing signs and I have every one of the ones I catch charged .A few years ago the mnr started charging landowners for putting out bush fires ,I have a huge amount of blueberry bushes and every year the idiots who trespass to pick them start a fire or two .I don't want to be responsible for a million dollar fire bill so I have closed off my property .The same goes for the other idiots ,they mess around ,start a campfire ,leave garbage around so since they have no respect for my property I have chosen to close it off for their use .I generally don't have issues with cyclists or walkers ,but I still don't want to be responsible so have decided it's closed for them as well .The trail plan has insurance to protect themselves and me ,therefore they are the only ones I allow on my land .
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Originally Posted by Bruces
The no trespassing signs are not just for the snowmobiles ,they are also for the dirt bikes ,atv's,4x4 idiots ,and anybody else .I own land that is leased by the trail system ,I have constant issues with idiots who come on my land ,right past the no trespassing signs and I have every one of the ones I catch charged .A few years ago the mnr started charging landowners for putting out bush fires ,I have a huge amount of blueberry bushes and every year the idiots who trespass to pick them start a fire or two .I don't want to be responsible for a million dollar fire bill so I have closed off my property .The same goes for the other idiots ,they mess around ,start a campfire ,leave garbage around so since they have no respect for my property I have chosen to close it off for their use .I generally don't have issues with cyclists or walkers ,but I still don't want to be responsible so have decided it's closed for them as well .The trail plan has insurance to protect themselves and me ,therefore they are the only ones I allow on my land .
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Good to know - thank you.
The ones I saw posted on trails which belong to Conservation Authority. Agree - inlcudes ATVs and such, I was just focused on snowmobiles and did not think about other motorized vehicles. Btw, snowmobiles are specifically allowed (with current permit) and all other vehicles are prohibited
I wish more people had common sense - would make life so much easier for everyone and I am sure more land owners would be willing to open their lands a bit more. There are some gorgeous private lakes and such around here but alas - no public access.
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