Ran into (almost literally) a pack of soccer moms with purse dogs that were hiking up John Deere today.
My response is to get stopped as best I can, say good morning, and try to resume my ride once they're clear.
Is this right response?
I have no issue sharing trails with hikers in 99% of cases, but in the case of fast, bermed, jumpy trails like John deer I feel that
A. It's not terribly safe. It's easy to hit 30km/hr+ on those trails.
B. I do admit it gets under my skin, in this particular case. If you want to hike up GSM, salamander, sticks and stones, BP/bridal (obviously), heck even severed since there only a few fast parts. But John deer? Really? Come on.
So what is the protocol and what is the actual designation? Is John deer actually multiuse bi-directional from a land management perspective and the downhill only designation is just a guideline via trailforks?
If it's actually a downhill only trail does it need for more signage to that effect?