1. Leave No Trace
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When trail conditions are soft (a common occurrence after rainfall) consider other riding options. Stay on existing trails, and do not create new ones. Do not cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
2. Control Your Bicycle
Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all regulations and recommendations and ride within your limits. Travel speed will be determined by ability, equipment, the terrain and the present and potential weather conditions. Be aware of the multiple technical trail features.
3. Yield to Others
Let others on the trail know you are coming - a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate others on the trail as you approach corners. Yield to others, and make each pass a safe and courteous one.
4. Never Scare Animals
Animals are easily startled by unannounced approaches, sudden movements or loud noises. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you.
5. Plan Ahead
Know your equipment, your ability and the area where you are riding, and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient; keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies including a cell phone. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.