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Old 05-03-11, 05:14 PM
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Question: Wilderness areas & biking

I know biking is NOT allowed in wilderness areas (I'm focused on the New England), but, does that mean you cannot "walk" a bike through a wilderness area? I have searched govt websites and cannot find info. If walking is illegal, any idea about the fine?
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I don't think you actually have to be riding it. Same as if you drove an ATV and parked it.. you would get a ticket. Which btw according to some forestry laws ATV = bicycle. So, how can you respect that sort of thinking? Just turn around if you see a warden or plain clothes(with walkie-talkie) who looks like five-o. I know in cali they use a helicopter to catch cyclists - LOL... you'd think they were ivory poachers.
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I've never been busted in New England. I usually stop the bike or get off when I encounter hikers. Since wilderness is nearly always tree covered in New England, I don't think they'll find you with helicopters. Unless you're doing the Presi Traverse or something high in the Whites. Still, you should use a little bit of the common. No large groups, races or events. Not the most popular trails on the big days. Pull the bike rack off your car and throw it inside etc.

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Or not ride in wilderness areas where riding is not allowed.

I'm all for opening up more trails and areas to bikes, but I think the unfortunate problem to riding in restricted areas is that it could result in limiting new access or even closing off existing trails because the people who don't like bikes could use it as examples that cyclists are not responsible. I also think there are some areas where riding could cause damage to the environment by destroying native plants or making erosion problems.

If the OP needs to walk through a wilderness area to get from one allowed riding spot to another, I would call whoever manages that particular spot and ask them. Then make sure you actually walk the bike through, hang your helmet and gloves off the bars so it's clear you are not riding.
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Pull the wheels & strap the entirety to your back = legal
Carrying/Pushing bike along = illegal

...that's how it's done in Wilderness Areas in CO by riders I know.
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Thanks for the info guys!!! I will keep what you said in mind!!!!
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