Trail Guidelines & Rules

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San Marcos trails and lakes belong to all San Marcos residents so it is important that anyone recreating outdoors and enjoying the vast trail network help us maintain a healthy and safe environment by observing the following guidelines:

  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Trail hours are from dawn to dusk
  • Trail speed limit for bicycles, skates and equestrians is 15 m.p.h. / 5 m.p.h. when within 50 feet of other trail users.
  • Bicycles and skates yield to pedestrians and equestrians; pedestrians yield to equestrians. Keep to the right of the trail. Allow room for others to pass.
  • No smoking or fires allowed.
  • Firearms and hunting equipment are prohibited.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited (except for patrol and maintenance vehicles).
  • Keep dogs on 6 foot maximum leash at all times; clean up after your pet.
  • Helmets are required by state law on bicycle riders 17 years and under. It is strongly recommended that all bicyclist and horseback riders wear approved helmets.
  • Do not ride bicycles or horses where trails are muddy. Hoof and wheel ruts damage the trails, making it difficult to repair and potentially hazardous to other riders.
  • Releasing wild or domestic animals, fish or plants is prohibited. Do not disturb or collect plants, animals or archaeological objects.
  • Take out what you carry in; Do not litter.
  • There is no drinking water or restrooms available on the trails. Carry water and first aid supplies. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Rattlesnakes are sometimes spotted on trails. They will defend themselves if cornered or threatened so please be vigilant and report them to 9-1-1 if needed. Ticks, poison oak, loose rock, steep ravines and other dangers exist in the parks and / or trails. Mountain lions have been sighted in this area. Please use caution.