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Trail guide maps

Special guides

Trail guides

Scenic photos of trails on district lands

The district has developed trail guides for many of the properties that it owns and manages. To provide detailed, topographical maps, district land managers are using global positioning system (GPS) equipment. The trail guides are designed to give hikers and other users a better idea of the conditions they can expect on these public lands.

In addition to the trail guides, the district also has a few “special use” guides for touring properties by water or for interpretive drives (see list at right). All the guides are 8.5 X 11 inches and can be printed from most home or business printers. Trail guides are also typically available at information kiosks at each property.

Trail use
  • The majority of the trails on lands owned and/or managed by the district are colocated on existing roads or fire lines, maintained primarily for land management activities. Maintenance activities (e.g., harrowing fire lines) will temporarily cause the surface of these areas to be uneven or to have unstable soils.
  • All trails are designated “multiple use.” Multiuse trails will be marked with a 4‑inch diamond, with double diamonds indicating a change in direction.
  • Many of the trails are “back country trails” where you may not encounter another trail user or find shelter from the weather.
Comfort and safety
  • Many trails offer no shade or shelter, so be prepared for sun, excessive heat or sudden thunderstorms. Make sure you have plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Many district lands are wildlife management areas (WMAs) where hunting occurs. Please check for hunting dates and areas before using trails.
  • Although most district lands do not permit motorized vehicular access, you may occasionally encounter staff vehicles and equipment.
Trail etiquette
  • Hikers yield to equestrians, and bicyclists yield to both.
  • Let a horse and rider know of your presence (to avoid spooking horse or rider). Horseback riders, please ride single file in one track (in both directions) on two-track trails to leave the other track firm and stable for other users.
  • Keep dogs on a leash.
  • Camping is at designated campsites only.
  • Individual campsites are first come, first served up to four tent sites with no more than six people per tent site.
  • Group campsites are for seven or more people and by reservation only. To reserve a campsite and for more information, see our camping page.
Other information
  • Water — Some campsites have a well with a pitcher pump, but the water is not tested for drinking. It is recommended that overnight campers carry four quarts of water per person for drinking.
  • Human field sanitation — Dig a hole a minimum of 6 to 8 inches deep, away from the campsite and water source, and cover with soil after use.
  • Animal and plant life are protected. Do not kill, trap or molest any mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian. Do not pick, cut, carve, break off limbs from, or mutilate any plant life. (Deadfall may be used for a campfire, but no construction of structures is allowed with deadfall.)
  • Pack it in, pack it out. Leave only the minimum trace of your travels on the trail and take only memories.


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