Bicycling

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There are several hundred miles of roads and trails available for bicycle enthusiasts. Visitors may use any of these routes year-round, weather permitting. There are no permits, fees, or registrations required for individuals; however, groups are required to obtain permits.

In some areas, such as designated Wilderness Areas, bicycles are prohibited.

E-bikes:

Under the Forest Service’s national Travel Management Rule (2005) (2008) and (2015) E-bikes are classified as self-propelled motor vehicles.  Under this classification, E-bikes are allowed where the Travel Management Rule designation is:

  • Roads Open to All Vehicles

  • Trails Open to All Vehicles

  • Trails Open to Vehicles 50” or Less in Width, and

  • Trails Open to Motorcycles Only.

Therefore, like other motorized transportation, E-bikes can be used on numerous roads and trails open to motor vehicles.  Free Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available. These maps indicate which roads and trails are open and to what type of vehicle.

E-bikes are not allowed on trails designated for non-motorized use.  Non-motorized trails include trails like hiker, horse, or mountain bike trails.  E-bikes, like other motorized transportation, also are not allowed to travel cross-country off trail.  There are no exceptions. 

E-bikes are not considered an assistive device meeting the legal definition of a wheelchair or mobility device giving them an exception to the Forest Service’s Travel Management Rule. The Department of Justice, under their Rule on Other Power Driven Mobility Devices  in September, 2010 affirmed that the use of any Other Power Driven Mobility Device is limited to where the use of that device (i.e. an E-bike) is designated for use by all. 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/psicc/recreation/bicycling